Forest fun time at Ridge Wood returns to quiz children on woodland life

August 02 2016

CHILDREN and their families can join in a forest trail at a nature reserve between Yate and Chipping Sodbury to test their knowledge of woodland life.

CHILDREN and their families can join in a forest trail at a nature reserve between Yate and Chipping Sodbury to test their knowledge of woodland life.
It is the second year running that the summer Forest Fun Time event will be held at Ridge Wood, the tree-covered wedge of land that marks the boundary between the two towns.
It has been organised by the Friends of Ridge Wood, a group of volunteers who look after the site, carry out conservation work and organise community activities, working with South Gloucestershire Council and site owners, Hanson Aggregates.
This summer’s free event will be on Thursday, August 18, from 2pm-4.30pm and is aimed at accompanied primary-age youngsters, culminating in sessions for them to try a variety of woodland crafts.
Trail quiz sheets will be available at the Jubilee Gardens entrance to the woodland from 2pm. Visit www.ridge-wood.org.uk for further details and a map.
The website also gives details of other events, from evening chorus walks with local naturalist Ed Drewitt to owl prowls and moth discovery evenings.
A bat walk is being planned for September as part of the annual Discover festival.
Meanwhile, local amateur photographers of all ages are being encouraged to take part in a photography competition based around the reserve.
The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of the woodland and inspire people to look more closely at the natural environment around them.
Entries close on August 31 and prizes will be awarded for the best photograph in each of three age categories - under-10s, 10 to 16-year-olds and adults. The website has details of entry rules.