Over 150 children enjoyed a fantastic day out at our Black Rock nature reserve on 12th and 13th July.
Children from local schools took part in a range of fun, hands on activities linked to the natural and farming environment of the Mendip Hills including weaving wool fleece into a blanket, building a dry stone wall, exploring the secret world of minibeasts and investigating the properties of limestone.
The event was the celebration of the Heritage Lottery Funded 'My Mendip Hills' project which has been providing local primary schools with opportunities to learn all about the natural and historic heritage of the Mendip Hills. The project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has worked with over 800 children over two years and has raised the awareness of schools to the importance of natural spaces and protecting wildlife for the future.
The event was supported by local organisations including the Dry Stone Wall Association, Somerset Earth Science Centre and Carymoor Environmental Trust. Big Green Days have also been held at Wimbleball Lake led by Field Studies Council and Exmoor National Park and supported by Somerset Wildlife Trust. Big Green Days are run each year in a different location to provide an interesting, educational and fun opportunity for primary schools to engage with their local area.