LOCAL people are being asked to give it some welly.
To start the year on a good footing, RSPB nature reserves in Yorkshire are asking people to donate their unwanted, worn-out wellies to help celebrate ‘Welly Season’ in style.
From green gardener’s wellies or trendy festival wellies to pink with polka dot wellies, people can take their old pairs to their local nature reserve, where they will be put to good use for ‘Welly Season’.
Running from mid-January to the end of March, RSPB reserves – Old Moor, Fairburn Ings and Bempton Cliffs – will be delivering a season of welly-related activities for all the family to get involved in.
Liz Hirst, regional communications manager for the RSPB, said: “Maybe Santa brought you a brand new shiny pair of wellies for Christmas but you don’t know what to do with your old ones – well, bring them to us and we’ll show you how to put them to good use.”
Donated wellies will be transformed into miniature gardens or bird feeders, and staff and volunteers at the sites will be on hand to show visitors what to do.
Liz added: “On our reserves, we wear wellies to carry out lots of different work on a daily basis.
“But there’s also a lot of fun to be had with them, from jumping in puddles to decorating them with glitter and paint.”
Visitors will be able to ‘Bling their Boots’ and the reserves will be providing craft materials for people wanting to decorate their wellies on site.
Anyone wanting to donate their old wellies can take them along to their local RSPB nature reserve.
For more information, visit www.rspb.org.uk/yorkshire.