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Woodland welcomes spring

Andy and Karen Hall, with daughter Scarlett, were helped by the Easter bunny during the Waingroves Spring event in the woods

Andy and Karen Hall, with daughter Scarlett, were helped by the Easter bunny during the Waingroves Spring event in the woods

This spring has been very special in Waingroves and the community woodland as we had a visit from the biggest Easter bunny I have ever seen!

Spring is probably my favourite season, it’s about new life; flowers, trees, birds, wildlife and probably us too as we spring-clean our lives along with cleaning out the green house, getting rid of winter rubbish to the amenity site and loosing an hours sleep!

Spring started with snowdrops and dainty white blackthorn blossom. In April, the spectacular daffodils, wood anemones and bluebells and we all look forward to the pink/red ‘May blossom’ of the hawthorn. Woodland volunteers have been busy putting up bird, bat and owl boxes; collecting discarded tree branches and generally tidying up.

The Community association held its spring event recently, including the delightful daffodil show. Congratulations to the many people who entered daffs to make the community centre look so beautiful. There were lots of stalls and the coffee and hot cross buns fantastic. At 3pm over 100 children, mums, dads and grandparents came to the community woodland to be greeted by a six feet tall white Easter bunny (aka David Bowley) whose floppy ears were bigger than some of the children! ‘Bunny’ made everyone laugh and helped with a nature quiz. Well done Masie Starte and Kim Lawrence who won the quiz.

On Easter Sunday the woodland came alive to the sound of singing as members of churches from Codnor and Waingroves celebrated Easter with a ‘Son Rise’ service in the woodland with Holy Communion to the strains of ‘Thine Be the Glory’.

There is nothing which makes the woodland really come alive than the sound of children and families, laughing, chattering and singing competing with the bird song and a busy woodpecker above our heads.

 

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