Bainsford families go wild for the Great Outdoors

The families receive their John Muir Awards after a week of outdoor exploring and adventure

The families receive their John Muir Awards after a week of outdoor exploring and adventure

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Mums and dads gave up their boring household duties for a week to become adventurers and conservationists like the famous John Muir.

Parents and their children from the Bainsford and Langlees area took part in the John Muir Award for families and small groups to connect with nature and spend quality time with each other.

The award certainly had the desired effect on Kirsty Wilson’s family who all enjoyed the experience which included a day trip to Muir’s birthplace Dunbar.

The Langlees mum (36), who did it with sons Keir (7) and Cobi (3), said: “Keir loved the trip to Dunbar where we went to the John Muir Museum and did rock pooling down at the beach.

“Cobi loved doing all the stuff with the bugs and getting dirty, but it was a great thing for the family to do. Keir even said that it was good for us as a family to do it all together rather than me just doing housework all the time. I’d recommend doing it and would do it again.”

Thirteen families took part in the scheme which saw them make outdoor dens in the woods near the Love and Kisses sculpture in Langlees Community Woods, attract bugs with food, make posters, do arts and crafts and litter picks.

Community education worker at The Sub at the Dawson Centre Sarah Stow said: “To work alongside families as they discovered wild places in their own areas and explored what lives and grows there was amazing.

“The families then went on to think about conserving the environment and the wildlife. There is a display of the work in the Dawson Centre.”