News from Paul Kear for August 2014

  • Peppa Pig and 'Dig the City'!

    08:04 08 August 2014
    By Clair Payne, Craig Hutchinson, Glenn Bailey, Ian Griffiths, John Atkinson, John Moffat, Luke Sherwen, Matthew Allmark, Nick Petrie, Paul Farrington, Paul Kear , Richard Tanner, Rob Clarke, Sam Stalker, Sarah Anderson, Stuart Graham

    This week the South Lakes Rangers were sent to Dig the City......sounds dramatic doesn't it?  Almost sounds a little dangerous too.  I mean, lets  be honest it's not very often we're let loose beyond Wray Castle.  So to let 6 Rangers loose in the City Centre of Manchester, armed with nothing more than some enthusiasm, kite kits, a bit of moss and armfuls of '50 things to do' booklets....Could be either a stroke of genius or a potential front page of The Westmorland Gazette!

    Rangers love to dig.......
    The good news is we've done it all before, the Lead Ranger offered ice cream to keep us going throughout the day and Peppa Pig was once more going to be around.  What more could we need?!

    Sarah gave Peppa Pig a kite last year


    But what actually is Dig the City?  Their website tells us it's 'nine days of gardens galore, pop up picnics, and masses to do and dig for kids', in short Manchester's urban gardening festival!  For us at the National Trust it's a great opportunity to get out of where we know, to share what we know.   For us Lake District Rangers it's certainly a little bit different to what we're used to!

    National Trust stand, busy busy!
    Focusing mainly on our '50 Things To Do Before You're 11 3/4' we gave kids the opportunity to make mud pies, make and fly a kite, walk barefoot, play a grass trumpet and create a home for some bugs.  With Peppa Pig being around there were plenty of eager little people and we were all kept busy throughout the day.  So much so we ran out of kite kits, the material for bug houses was running low and ice cream wasn't purchased (plenty of coffee however!).  Luke didn't seem to mind as he was having lots of fun making mud pies!

    Mud pie fun!
    Never fear however there was one thing that was not forgotten, with a wee nod from security, Sarah once more headed off to meet Peppa Pig, hurrah!  Last year was kites, this year Peppa got a bug house, seems she slowly but surely ticking off the 50 things herself!

    PEPPA
    Now although the South Lakes staff have done there turn, never fear there is still time left to Dig the City, and there is definitely plenty to see.  If you've got kids there will still be 50 things activities on the Trust stand over the weekend and is a great place to start your day.  Meanwhile we're safe back in the Lakes, the Westmorland Gazette weren't called and we're well and truly back to digging what we know and where we know it!

    South Lakes staff digging it! 

    Back to what we're used to...!
    By Sarah
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    Ps Thanks to the Wooly Rug Company for donating some materials!


    Nine days of gardens galore, pop-up picnics and masses to do and dig for kids – join us for Manchester’s urban gardening festival. - See more at: http://www.digthecity.co.uk/about/#sthash.tSwGccLg.dpuf
     

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Fueled by a passion for the fells of Lakeland I moved here in 1991, and became a Volunteer with the National Trust before being lucky enough to join the Upland Ranger team eventually becoming a supervisor until 2001. I then became the Ranger Volunteers, managing the busy volunteer residential centre near Hawkshead, where I had the pleasure of working with many different groups from diverse audiences in practical conservation tasks. In 2010 I moved into my current role of Volunteer Development Manager and since March 2014 am the Countryside Manager in the South Lakes. I have a keen interest in the human & physical geography and spend a lot of time in the fells, walking, running, climbing and camping.

Blog:
http://www.countryside-catchup.blogspot.co.uk/