Park fun for Lit­tle Saplings

Trees, mud and camp­fires

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Ste­fanie Mc­court

Stone­house’s Alexan­der Hamil­ton Me­mo­rial Park hosted an­other suc­cess­ful Lit­tle Saplings event re­cently.

The project is led by the Friends of Stone­house Park (FOSP) group, and al­lows young­sters the chance to safely ex­plore the park.

It also lets lit­tle ones try a range of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, such as creating ham­mocks, tree-climb­ing, play­ing in a mud kitchen and en­joy­ing treats around a camp­fire.

The next Lit­tle Saplings ses­sion will be held on Sun­day, Au­gust 5.

Young vis­i­tors to the park are also set for a treat as FOSP will team up with Chil­dren’s Ac­tiv­i­ties South La­nark­shire to host a Gruf­falo Walk at the park on Satur­day, July 28 be­tween 2 and 3pm, fol­lowed by a Peppa Pig Muddy Walk on Satur­day, Septem­ber 15.

FOSP vol­un­teers are also busy work­ing on this year’s ea­gerly-an­tic­i­pated Fright Night, which will be held on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

More than 300 peo­ple de­scended on the park for last year’s hugely suc­cess­ful Fright Night, with per­for­mances from The Act­ing Bairns of Stone­house (TABS) and Strathaven’s Rankin File, as well as an­cient folk­lore re­counted by lo­cal his­to­rian John Young.

Scar­ers were po­si­tioned through­out the area to add to the spooky night filled with thrills – and FOSP are look­ing to re­cruit more scar­ers for this year’s event.

Any­one who could vol­un­teer on the night, can of­fer any as­sis­tance with the preparations, or who has any ideas or sug­ges­tions for the event, is urged to get in touch through the FOSP Face­book page.

Mean­while, the group has also se­cured a free tree pack from the Wood­land Trust.

The Trust is giv­ing away thou­sands of trees to schools and com­mu­nity groups, and FOSP were de­lighted to have their ap­pli­ca­tion ap­proved.

More in­for­ma­tion on the scheme can be found at www.wood­landtrust.org. uk/plant-trees/free-trees/

Hang­ing around ham­mock FOSP’S Karen Kelly and two pals try out the

Camp­fire Young­sters en­joy toast­ing marsh­mal­lows

Take a break The group gather for a snack

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