A New Year means a new set of events are on offer from the Langdyke Countryside Trust.
2019 proved to be an exciting year with the organisation holding a number of celebratory events to make its 20th anniversary.
They included the launch of the Trust’s vision for nature, setting out a plan to preserve the heritage and landscape across John Clare Countryside in Tribland. You can find details of the Trust’s Vision for Nature on the website here.
There were also events at the Torpel Manor site on the edge of Helpston and at the Etton Maxey nature reserve (pictured, above) as well as a series of arts workshops at groups and schools across the area.
In 2020 the Trust – which is a registered charity – will continue with its vital work, looking after its series of nature reserves across the area.
At the same time there are number of events open to all to attend.
January 1: The traditional New Year’s Day walk, this year along the River Nene from a meeting point at Castor Church (1pm).
February 1: A visit to RSPB Frampton, near Boston with a chance to see winter waders, ducks and birds of prey. Meet outside Helpston Post Office at 9.30am.
April: An indoor evening talk on a wide range of local matters. More details soon on the Trust website.
May 14: Evening walk around Castor Hanglands with a chance to hear the spectacular sound of the nightingale.
May 28: Evening guided orchid walk at Southorpe Meadow and Barnack Hills and Holes.
June 9: Evening guided walk around Swaddywell Nature Reserve
June 27: Summer at Barnack Hills and Holes with guided walks and activities for young and old.
July 18: Afternoon walk around Old Sulehay Nature Reserve taking a look at all things botanical.
August: Summer holiday afternoon fun for all the family at Etton Maxey Nature Reserve. All kinds of activities that will help the school holidays whizz past.
Families and individuals are welcome to attend any of the events.. Admission to them is free to Langdyke members. Non-members are asked to make a small donation in the region of £3.
Because of its charitable status the Trust is reliant on its teams of volunteers who meet weekly at Swaddywell and Etton.
New volunteers are always welcome. It gives you a chance to get out and enjoy the fresh air while at the same time supporting nature and carrying out tasks that will help to promote the natural world around us. The work is not too onerous and each working party ends with tea or coffee, a piece of cake and a chance to chat.