A Day In The Mendips

DSC_0080As a parent one of my favorite things is sharing aspects of my own childhood with my son. Watching him run down a field with a gang of other children, until he disappeared from view brings back memories of my childhood.

As a child I roamed fields and woodland with other local children, unsupervised we made our own adventures. I don’t imagine that my son will have the same freedom, times have changed.

We love a woodland walk. Woodland is a space for children to get muddy, run, shout and explore nature. Woodlands are places of hidden animals in deep burrows and fairies under fern leaves, places perfect for a child’s imagination and who doesn’t want that for their children? It’s the essence of childhood.

Woodland is, of course, important for the environment, creating a habit for a wide variety plants and wildlife. It provides shelter from the wind for cattle and crops. Woodland is part of the balance that contributes to our beautiful countryside. Imagine this scene without trees.
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Yeo Valley and The Woodland trust invited us for a day in the Mendip Hills, to tell us about trees and plants because they think woodland is very important. It’s part of the commitment to organic goodness that makes Yeo Valley so special.

Les, a very knowledgeable chap, explained the history and geography of the area.

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We hunted for leaves and bugs.
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Made dens for mini aliens and woodland wands.
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My boy is now a signed up Nature Detective and we are armed with activities to keep him busy through the summer holidays and beyond.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Yeo Valley without delicious food.
Cake for the grownups…..
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and Yeo Valley Ice Cream for the small people.
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Perfect end to a perfect day.

Disclosure: I was invited by Yeo Valley. We received some lovely yoghurt. All words and opinions are my own.

15 Comments

  1. jenny paulin

    I loved seeing all the children running down that field too! I cannot believe I forgot Les’s name! i loved how he engaged the children so well. Your photo of that cake looks amazing – look how blue that sky was. Noo is such a lovely boy – he set a crane fly free while Burton and I were leaf hunting! He looks so much like you in the final ice cream photo too. and thank you for my chocolates – in the fridge still untouched! saving them for the weekend 🙂 xx

  2. Melksham Mum

    It was a lovely day and it was so nice to meet you properly and say hi to Noo, even though he tried to surprise me with earwigs and ladybirds! Lovely pics and words as always. I’m now getting ready for our next big adventure. See you soon! 🙂

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