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A Little Field Trip

5 Mar 2015

We've had a bit of a break from Haddo this week- heading south for a day out at Bennachie

We were there to meet up with a group of other Aberdeenshire Council Rangers, Glenn Roberts from NESBREC and Anthony Morrow from TCV to spend the day talking about engaging people and communities with the outdoors, volunteering, and how to help communities run their own projects and activities.

Anthony came along with lots of great ideas- from community activities to designing posters to public consultations and questionnaires. It's also good to just have a chat with the Ranger team about what they've been doing (everything from dogs to how to use email newsletters!) and swap ideas and experiences.

view of bennachie centre

We've got lots of opportunities for community groups here at Haddo- gardening and health walks in the park, volunteering opportunities, indoor space for meetings or talks, and our outdoor classroom for bushcraft and outdoor skills. If you'd like to bring your group to Haddo as a one off or on a regular basis then get in touch.

One of the other fun parts about getting out of the office is to have a nose around other sites and have a look at their trail guides and interpretation and all the other things they've got for their visitors to see and do. As well as a lovely centre, Bennachie has some great bits and pieces outdoors, I particularly liked the totem pole and these wildlife brass rubbing plates.

brass rubbing plate featuring badger

Starlight Adventures

We've still got a few places left on our starlight Creatures of the Night walk on Sunday March 15th as part of British Science Week.  As well as exploring the park by night and looking out for live, wild owls and other nocturnal animals, we're also planning a few tricks and surprised using fluorescent, UV reactive and glow in the dark signs and tricks.

If you'd like to join us on the starlight walk then you can find all the details on our Events Page. You can find out more about the other events for British Science Week at the Aberdeen University site.

Playground Maintenance

Finally, please be aware that the adventure playground will be CLOSED this weekend. This is to let us finish adding in some extra drainage which will hopefully take care of the flooding issues we've had when it's been raining.

We should be finished with the works fairly soon and the playground will be open again as normal.