What an amazing day was had by all on 27th October with the Steam Tea Event on West Somerset Railway. Somerset Wildlife Trust, West Somerset Railway and Miles Tea and Coffee came together to provide 70 guests with a steam train ride and cream tea to remember. The guests came from all over the country, with some from as far away as South Africa and America, to see the launch of Somerset Wildlife Trusts’ s new character, Boris the Barn owl, from Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Knit for Nature ™ campaign.
Previously there have been two adorable hedgehogs to knit, Rustle and Bluebell. These knitting patterns have been so popular that Somerset Wildlife Trust have received knitted hedgehogs from all round the world! The latest pattern is Boris the Barn Owl, who made his debut at our Steam Teas event, with many eager knitters buying the pattern. What was amazing about this event, is that all monies received from the pattern help Somerset Wildlife Trust with its essential conservation work in the county. The other reason that the campaign is so important is that it highlights the species that need help. Since 2002, we have lost 30% of our hedgehog population and since the 1930s , 70% of our Barn Owls have disappeared. Somerset Wildlife Trust are helping to bring back the habitats needed to help these species flourish again. However they cannot do this without the public’s support, of which there was plenty of on the Steam Tea ride. Miles Tea and Coffee donated the delicious drinks enjoyed on the day, and West Somerset Railway generously donated all profits from Steam Teas to Somerset Wildlife Trust, amounting to almost £1000.
You can find more information about the Knit for Nature campaign and how you can have a Boris of your own at: http://www.somersetwildlife.org/knit_for_nature
Emma Jones, Community Fundraiser, Somerset Wildlife Trust
Picture 1 left to right: Emma Jones, Community Fundraiser Somerset Wildlife Trust, Samantha White, West Somerset Railway, Sam Burton, Miles Tea and Coffee