Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Happy Hedgehogs - Family Friendly Afternoon at Harcourt Arboretum

The arboretum provides habitats for a great range of animals and this half term we decided to celebrate the hedgehogs.  We had wonderfully warm and sunny weather for our Happy Hedgehogs family friendly afternoon on Tuesday and lots of families took part in the event.

On our Happy Hedgehogs trail, families followed the trail markers through the crunchy autumn leaves at the Arboretum, counting the number of hedgehogs in the array on each trail marker to check that they were at the right stop.  The trail included a mix of fun facts about hedgehogs and a range of activities including building a hedgehog house.  If you weren’t able to join us on Tuesday then why not visit the Arboretum and try out the Happy Hedgehogs trail?  The trail will be available until Monday 3rd November.  Please collect your trail sheet at the ticket office.

Our craft activities included making paper plate hedgehogs, prickly sweet chestnut hedgehogs and soft and squishy pompom hedgehogs.  All three activities proved very popular with our visitors.


“Thank you.  It is my favourite thing to do crafts & go & explor in the woods!”
“The hunt was great!  I really liked the craft.” – 8  year old participant.
“My favourite part about the arboretum is looking at the trees and doing the activities.”
“The boys loved the hedgehog trail and craft activity.”
“Thank you for the hedgehog trail.  The kids loved it - especially the hedgehog house building.  The activities were great too and we have several pet hedgehogs now!”
“Brilliant half term activities - great fun had by all!!  Thank you.”

A very big thank you to our fantastic volunteers who helped the 225 children who took part in the craft activities.  And thank you to all the families who came along to the event, crunching through the autumn leaves, following the trail and joining in the craft activities.

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