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Families Go Wild on the Mendip Hills

 15th Jun 2012


Mendips Go WildTen intrepid families braved the Mendip wind and rain to take part in the Wild Week on Mendip from 6th to 9th June. Families took part in 4 days of fun, hands on activities to help them explore the amazing wildlife and history of the Mendip Hills. Despite torrential rain and gale force winds, parents and children had four fantastic days visiting Ebbor Gorge, investigating volcanoes at the Somerset Earth Science Centre, re-enacting Roman history at Charterhouse and exploring an organic sheep farm. The families were working towards their John Muir Award, an environmental award aimad at discovering, exploring and conserving wild places. Part of the week included camp fire cooking where families made their own evening meal, a night time bat walk and an overnight camp. The week, which was run with support from the Mendip Hills AONB, Somerset Earth Science Centre and the RSPB was a real success and everyone learnt more about this fantastic landscape.

Here is what some of the parents said about the week:

‘My friends were incredulous I'd booked onto this week .. I am the least wet weather, spend all day in the outdoors in Somerset kind of  person they know .. but I think you've converted me. I can see my family spending a lot more time exploring the countryside, the wildlife particularly .. once we buy some actual rainproof clothing!’

‘Thanks for such a fantastic time. I know that our children got lots out of the many different activities spent with you and your ‘team’ of people. They were both very disappointed when it came to an end.’

‘Once again we really enjoyed this week, it was a real diversity of events and gave the children an outlet in what would otherwise had been a very miserable half term.’

The Wild Week on Mendip was kindly supported by the Mendip Hills AONB Sustainable Development Fund and was run in partnership with the Mendip Hills AONB, RSPB and Somerset Earth Science Centre.

To see a video of the event, click here