As part of the Wychwood Project’s popular Go Wild summer day camp, a group of 8-12 year olds visited Honeydale Farm to learn about beekeeping, healthy soil, fruit orchards, farm trees, birds, insects and more. The children took part in a range of activities including a pollination game, bug hunt and farm walk. They also enjoyed playing with Dipstick the dog and his owner Lizzie, technical advisor from Cotswold Seeds.
The Wychwood Project uses the focus of the Royal hunting Forest of Wychwood to encourage local people to understand, conserve and restore its rich mosaic of landscapes and wildlife habitats and at Honeydale we’ve benefited from a close association with charity. The Wychwood Project has advised on tree planting and marshalled volunteers to help us plant 2000 saplings including alder, hazel, field maple, willow, dogwood and sweet chestnut around the farm, creating shelter belts. wildlife habitats and enhancing the flood alleviation works.
The Go Wild camp’s visit to Honeydale was part of a week long programme of events. Based at Ascott-under-Wychwood Conservation Centre, the children took part in a dragonfly safari, jam making; hibernation game; bird bingo and a debate on plastic pollution.