We were delighted to host the team from Ulster Wildlife’s Grass Roots Challenge this week. A short hop over the Irish Sea was followed by a meal with our Rangers at a local restaurant to break the ice. The next morning we headed over to South Witham Marsh for a tour and then to Big Wood via Millennium Green (where we spied some Egyptian Geese). At Big Wood Ranger Alan and his Heritage Woodcraft crew provided an impromptu demonstration of bowl carving by Growing Up Green volunteer Keelan, before moving on to the peaceful natural burial site.
Keeping up the hectic pace we pulled into Hill Holt Wood for a quick tea and coffee break while CEO Steve showed every detail of our sustainable buildings (including the café and rammed earth hall). Ranger Maz’s Hospitality learners had prepared soup and sandwiches which were gratefully received before a strenuous straw bale building workshop (run by Design Team members Chris and Bex) provided a wealth of photo opportunities.
We loved having such enthusiastic visitors and cannot wait for the return trip to Northern Ireland to check out their progress.