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Longrun Meadow Nature Taster Day

 3rd Nov 2014

longrun diane jonesHave you ever wondered how you could make your local green space better for wildlife?  Or thought you might like to give it a go, but did not know where to start? Well, now’s your chance to find out!

Have a go at hedge laying

The Friends of Longrun Meadow, supported by the Routes to the River Tone project, are hosting a taster day on Saturday, November 8, where you will have the chance to have a go at hedge laying, willow weaving and tree planting, or simply to take a walk around the meadow and learn a little about the wildlife that makes its home there. The morning session runs from 10am until 12pm, and the afternoon from 1pm till 4pm, and you can stay for one or both sessions (but it is essential that you book for the hedge laying events).

Make a difference to your local green space

Helen Lawy, from the Friends of Longrun Meadow, says: “Longrun Meadow is an amazing place to explore, and being outside, sharing knowledge and learning from each other, and keeping fit into the bargain, is great fun.”

Nick Tomlinson, Somerset Wildlife Trust Routes to the River Tone project manager, adds: “Taunton’s green spaces are wonderful places, full of wildlife, but they could be so much better, both for people and for wildlife, so we are appealing for people who would like to make a difference to their local space to get in touch, and popping down to Longrun on the 8th is a great way to see what might be possible.”

Routes to the River Tone

Routes to the River Tone is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF.) The project aims to engage local people with the wildlife on their doorstep and, with their help, to improve the town’s green spaces and waterways which provide important wildlife habitat for rare species like water vole and four species of bat including brown long-eared and lesser horseshoe bats.

Routes to the River Tone is a partnership project led by Somerset Wildlife Trust and including Taunton Deane Borough Council, Environment Agency, Somerset County Council, Natural England, the Canal and Rivers Trust and the Taunton Deane Area group of Somerset Wildlife Trust.

If you’d like to know more about the day, or to book your place, please contact Helen at

Photo © Diane Jones