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Local families enjoy free event at Castle Neroche

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Families recently enjoyed a free Family day at Castle Neroche, hosted by the Forestry Commission in partnership with Blackdown Hills Area of Natural Beauty (AONB).

The AONB organised a mini bus to bring some families from Taunton, who had not visited the area before, to enjoy an array of fun family activities and learn more about nature. 

A range of volunteers and staff were on hand to run a variety of fun activities including volunteers Fern, Danielle, Caitlyn and Nicky from the AONB and Bill the dog!

Some families helped the Forestry Commission’s Community Ranger scatter wild flower and grass seed at the base of the scheduled ancient monument that has recently been clear felled.  This is part of a project supported by Historic England to improve the Iron Age hill fort of Castle Neroche, an iconic landmark in the local area.

Rob Greenhalgh, Community Ranger at the Forestry Commission said: “It was great to work in partnership with colleagues at the AONB to hold this event for local families.  Lots of the people that came had not visited before and it was wonderful to see them out enjoying the natural environment and taking part in activities.”

Kristen Lambert from the AONB’s Nature and Wellbeing Project said: “The feedback from families has been fantastic – having the time and space to connect with local natural environments and explore with support of the Forestry Commission and Blackdown Hills team, if needed, seemed to be really important to families and many have asked if we can do this again at different locations across the Blackdown Hills”