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The Girl Guides have come of age and to celebrate the centenary of the movement over 100 local rainbows, brownies and guides held a rustic party in Brodsworth Community wood, near Doncaster, on Sunday (27 June).
They were all members of the Cusworth Guide District and spent the day getting stuck into shelter building, orienteering and learning circus skills, courtesy of the Forestry Commission who manage the 92-hectare (230 acre site).
Ranger Liz Demers said:
“We were thrilled to have guides at Brodsworth for such an important birthday bash. Girl Guiding is all about a love of adventure and the new woodland we are nurturing on a former colliery site is the perfect place to explore.”
When the Boy Scout Movement - set up by Robert Baden-Powell - held their first rally in 1909 some girls also turned up saying they also wanted to be scouts. Rather than admit them to the boy’s organisation, Baden-Powell set up the Girl Guides, a name inspired by the intrepid guides he had seen on the North West frontier in India. Critics denounced 'girl scouting' as a 'mischievous new development' but that didn’t stop girls joining in their troves! Today the movement has over half a million members worldwide and at home is now called Girl Guiding UK.
Louise Fleetwood, Brown Owl in the Cusworth group, added:
"It’ been a brilliant day in the woods and a great way to mark this landmark for guides in Doncaster.”
Brodsworth Community Wood is owned by the Land Restoration Trust (LRT) and managed by the Forestry Commission. Over £11m has been invested turning a wasteland into a thriving beauty spot.
NOTE TO EDITOR
Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive woodlands. To find out more about the region’s woods log-on to www.forestry.gov.uk/eastmidlands
The Land Restoration Trust is an organisation that provides a sustainable future and an exit strategy for public open spaces. The Trust, a company established by the Home and Communities Agency (formerly English Partnerships), Groundwork, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission deals with the long-term management of public spaces for the benefit of the community. The Trust’s goal is to provide maintenance of quality spaces in order to improve the economic, social and health prospects of an area. The Trust acquires land that is not considered to have any economic value and works with local management partners to create new sustainable "green amenities".
Richard Darn on 01226 246351. Mobile: 0775 367 0038.