Farmer Nick had been busy with his digger down along the ravine clearing a previously inaccessible area of Coombe Mill with the idea of improving access for the grazing fields to the stream. However he made such a wonderful pathway leading to a natural clearing leading down to the stream that declared it perfect for my new Welly Walk I had been meaning to create all year.
I tossed the idea on Facebook using tin can flowers along the route which was met with an enthusiastic response along with the suggestion of welly planters along the route. I was thinking of doing these anyway for the Fairy Gardens but decided on kiddie wellies for there and adult wellies on the welly walk.
For activity hour we set up the tractor and trailer ready with tin can flowers on sticks , old wellies from our borrow room and plenty of compost and a bag of daffodils and set to work. We began in the craft tent by designing our own wellies on paper with paint. The children were all very young and loved painting their wellies, watching the colours mix and choosing their pretty flower colours to plant.
Then it was over to the waiting tractor to put our welly planters together. With the children in the trailer and mums and Dads helping too we soon had our wellies filled with rocks in the feet then compost, stick flowers, daffodil bulbs and more compost.
At this point we enlisted the help of Guy to drive our heavy load to the ravine while we handed out tick sheets of things to spot on our way. The children loved spotting all the things on the list from leaves to waterfalls along the new muddy pathway.
Before we knew it we had reached the end clearing. The children unprompted headed straight for the stream. There is no gradient at all at this point and the water really shallow, perfect for little wellies. Instinctively the children splashed and picked up stones watching the plop they made as they let them go. It was lovely to see these youngsters relish experimenting in the nature around them.
We ended up leaving several of the families here playing while we set about locating our wellies along the walk and planning more things to add. I hope we will be rewarded with daffodils growing out of them in spring.
The walk is already being used by new visitors each week and our next task is to add signs along the way and laminate the nature hunt sheets to accompany the walk.
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