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Local project goes wild this summer!

Published Wednesday, 17th July 2013 in Study at SRUC news

Woodland walk

People in West Lothian are being encouraged to go wild this summer. Local communities will find a huge variety of activities on offer at the Rural Connect Wonderful Wild Wednesday Roadshow.

They can take part in a nature trail, go hunting for mini beasts, learn how to plant up their own veg, and even go digging for fossils. 

A variety of agencies and local business will be involved over the five weeks including Five Sisters Zoo, West Lothian Council Services, Country Parks, Historic Scotland, the Woodland Trust and the Scottish Canals and Waterway Trust. 

The team, along with their local partners, will be visiting seven West Lothian communities over the summer and the activities, which run from 10am – 2pm, are free.

Eric Burton, Coordinator of the Rural Connect Project, said: “We hope to see as many people as possible – young and old! – at our roadshow events this summer. We want to reconnect people of all ages with their local rural environment and heritage with the help of our partners. Those who can come along will be able to spend as much time as they want going around the various stalls and activities and can try their hand at designing  a bug hotel, making a leaf promise, digging for fossils, and can participate in a wide variety of arts and crafts. These wild Wednesdays will truly be wonderful!”

Brian Curran, owner of the Five Sisters Zoo, said: “We are happy to be involved in supporting the Rural Connect Wonderful Wild Wednesday Roadshow. We will be bringing along some of our small animals and will explain to children and adults how to care for them. The event allows us to say a special thank you to the people of West Lothian in supporting us and raising money to help rebuild our zoo.”

For more details of the Wonderful Wild Wednesday Roadshow visit the Rural Connect website; or the Rural Connect Facebook page. More information can also be found in the Courier’s local news sections.

 Date  Venue  Partners
 July 17th
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park The Rangers Service and Friends of Park
 July 24th
Torphican,Bowyett Park Historic Scotland
 July 31st
Winchburgh, Niddry Park Scottish Canal and Waterway Trust
 Aug 7th
Fauldhouse Forest Forestry Commission
 Aug 14th
Stoneyburn, Beechwood Park 
Woodland Trust
 Sept 1st
Bathgate - Party in the Park
 Oct 23rd
Armadale - Wood Park

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