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