Sunday 7th December 2014: Tree Dressing

2104 marked a change of location for the annual Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers Tree Dressing event. Explorers gather each year at the end of National Tree Week to celebrate the cultural and ecological importance of trees by creating amazing sculptures from natural materials inspired by wildlife, popular culture and myths and legends, The event attracts children of all ages with parents and grandparents in tow and everyone joins in, enjoying being outside and getting creative.

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This year the group chose Teggs Nose Country park as their location, accessing the woodland from the car park at the end of Holehouse Lane in Langley. Everyone was wrapped up warm and wearing silly woolly hats which was just as well as there were a couple of heavy hail showers.
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This didn’t put off our budding artists who produced an amazing selection of sculptures including a Green man, a hedgehog, a mountain goat and a wildlife makeover of Dr Who. Using a clay base children collected leaves, pine cones and berries to transform into works of art. As the sculptures are left to weather in the coming months they will do so with no harmful impact on the environment.
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The group played some games to warm up and then enjoyed a selection of seasonal treats where everyone refreshments and hot drinks.
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One of our youngest members even created a ‘Hen Harriet’ (Hen harrier) which is incredibly fitting as this year Wildlife Explorers will be raising money for the RSPB’s Skydancer project which aims to secure better protection for this much persecuted bird of prey.
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