Family volunteering at Fairburn Ings

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Families are being invited to get involved in volunteering as part of a series of events at Fairburn Ings nature reserve.

The sessions involve willow cutting and weaving and building in a bug village in the RSPB reserve’s playground.

Heather Watkin, visitor officer intern at Fairburn Ings, who has been running the sesssions, said: “The volunteering events have been great - all the feedback has been very positive, with the majority of families wanting to do more family volunteering in the future.

“The most rewarding thing about family volunteering for me was giving families pride in completing a reserve task so they can come back and say ‘I did that’.”

Sessions have been running throughout the summer and the RSPB will hold two more to finish off the projects.

The first will be on Saturday, September 20 from 10am until 3pm.

Chris Woolner, visitor experience manager at Fairburn Ings, said: “Family volunteering has definitely been a great achievement for Fairburn Ings.

“Encouraging children and their parents to get outside, learn a new skill and actively help us make the reserve even better.

“We get a high number of family visits to the reserve, and these sessions have given visitors the chance to try something different and really get stuck in to help the staff and volunteers.”

Another session will also run on Saturday, November 8.

For more information or to book a session visit or call 01977 628191.