I’ve been wanting to visit Skelton Grange for ages. It does in Leeds what our St Nicks does here in York. Both are environment centres in urban settings offering, amongst many other things, conservation volunteering opportunities and the chance to frolic (or stomp around – as you prefer) in nature and learn more about it.
St Nicks held its Autumn Fayre on Saturday 15 October (where I presided over the creation of a community poem). The Saturday before that, Skelton Grange held their Big Green Weekend Open Day, and invited me to come and put on an event for visitors. An invitation I couldn’t refuse!
So, I got to Skelton Grange at last! And took families with younger children on Rhyme Time Rambles round their grounds.
The setting for Skelton Grange is urban. Very urban:
But step inside, and you’re in a different world, with woodland and ponds and fruit trees and bird hides …
… and minibeast hotels and mosaics and sculptures …
and, and, and!
There was *lots* going on at this Open Day, from spinning to willow weaving to charcoal making to … a tug of war. Oh, and spoon-making, of course, by Dan of 2carvedspoons!
Thank you to everyone who came and joined in my Rhyme Time Rambles. And to the Robin that came along for the ride!
Thank you too to Freya for suggesting me to Skelton Grange in the first place. And to Toby for all his admin and organisation.
If you live in Leeds and haven’t been to Skelton Grange, then I thoroughly recommend it as a place where both you and the kids can run around through bird- and minibeast-rich woodland and meadow and get a real sense of being in the great outdoors slap bang in the middle of a big city. A place where you can breathe.
They run all sorts of activities and courses too. Check out their website for more details.
Anneliese Emmans Dean – theBigBuzz – Bringing poetry to life