Hun­dreds wowed at RSPB’s na­ture event

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - ALEX HIB­BERT

ALMOST 1,000 vis­i­tors flocked to a farm to be wowed by na­ture and help raise funds for char­ity.

Na­ture lovers came to­gether at Pikelow Farm in­Mar­ton forMac­cles­field RSPB’s Wildlife and Out­door World Ex­trav­a­ganza.

The event show­cased countr yside-in­spired stalls, crafts and ac­tiv­i­ties, and RSPB’s youth group Mac­cles­field Wildlife Ex­plor­ers ran a num­ber of games for vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing face paint­ing and bal­loon mod­el­ling, which helped raise more than £5,500 for the RSPB.

Young­sters were also en­cour­aged to make nest boxes, bug homes and wild­flower seed bombs to take home. The group also made a wildlife gar­den to showcase how, even in the small­est of spa­ces, you can pro­vide a lit­tle room for na­ture to sur­vive and thrive.

Tina Hanak, Wildlife Ex­plorer leader, said: “This event has been a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for fami- lies to learn about and con­nect with na­ture. It sim­ply wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out lots of hard work from all our vol­un­teers.”

Vis­i­tors in­cluded Deputy Mayor of Cheshire East, Coun Hilda Gad­dum, who for­mally opened the event, and Mac­cles­field MP David Rutley.

Clock­wise from top left: MP David Rutley joins staff; Young­sters en­joy the day Pic­tures: David Tol­l­i­day

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