Activity day marks 30th anniversary

Families can enjoy a range of outdoor activities at a fun event in a Northumberland village.

Groundwork North East & Cumbria has worked on thousands of environmental improvement projects across the region since 1985.

It provides training in countryside management skills to enable green areas to become self-sustaining under the supervision of local people.

To mark its 30th anniversary, the charity has organised a free family activity day. It will take place on Sunday between 11am and 3pm at Pegswood Moor.

Visitors will be able to try their hand at felt making, paper crafts and green woodworking and there will also be walking trails at the site – a restored former surface mine to the west of the village for which the organisation will shortly be taking management responsibility.

Leanne Shipley, project officer at Groundwork North East & Cumbria, said: “Our region has some amazing outdoor places and spaces, many of which we’ve been directly involved with creating, improving and managing, and families have so much to gain by getting outside together and exploring everything that’s on offer in their local communities and beyond.

“Our free family activity day will give people the chance to try out a whole range of new activities and find out more about the work we’re doing right across the North East and Cumbria, especially on our other nearby projects in Northumberland.

“This will be the first event held at the restored Pegswood Moor site and it provides a great opportunity for local people to start to reconnect with their community.

“We’re hoping the sun shows its face over the Bank Holiday weekend and that as many people as possible will be able to join in with our 30th anniversary celebrations.”

Representatives from the Bedlington Community Allotment Association and Heighley Gate Garden Centre will also be taking part in the activity day.

For more details about the event, call 01670 514876.