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Summer Fun and Doggie Delights

7 Jul 2016

School summer holidays have started and we have lots of exciting events coming up for children and adults.

With the holiday season upon us we kick off with our first event for children to join in with this weekend.

Summer fun .... coming up

The Bumble Bee Safari on Saturday 9 July starts from the Pheasantry from 1200.  This is a free event but booking is recommended.  Other summer events include a Summer Wildflower Walk on 24 July and a Art in Nature Craft Day for Kids on 27 July with environmental artist Jemima Chillingworth - a drop in session in the Wildlife Garden where you can make recycled art for your garden. On 3 August is the exciting day of Summer Bushcraft activities.  More details and booking arrangements for all these activities are under the Events page on our website.

Doggie delights

Work is underway to make the Dog Park more attractive for our canine friends.  Already some new equipment has been installed.  On Tuesday I saw a cute Lhasa Apso paying his first visit to the Dog Park and enjoying a run around off lead.  He tried out the tunnel and raised walk as well as exploring the long grass trees and a high speed chase around with two other dogs.  Such fun for all and a joy to watch. More work is in progress to provide a range of agility equipment for dogs.

The regular Haddo Volunteer group on Wednesday morning have been planting flowers in the Carpenters Cottage Garden.  From the overgrown mess we have restored the garden to a more orderly plan.  If anyone knows what this garden looked like in the past when the cottage was lived in, please get in touch as it would help us understand the layout. We hope to hold an Open Day in the garden on Sunday August 21st to celebrate the work of our volunteers and show people around the garden. You will also be able to enjoy some fruit punch and Victorian homebakes provided by the NTS Haddo House Tearoom!

Dragonflies and butterflies are starting to appear in the park at last.  The lack of sunshine has not helped to bring on our insect life, but a species are braving the downpours!  Orchids have done particularly well this year, the purple Northern Marsh Orchid in particular has been spectacular and abundant.