Leek Group to celebrate 30 Days Wild with Rod Wood walk

Wednesday 16th May 2018

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s Leek Local Group are celebrating this year’s 30 Days Wild challenge by giving people the chance to see one of Staffordshire’s stunning wildflower meadows.

The group are holding a walk at the Trust’s Rod Wood Nature Reserve, near Leek, on Saturday 30th June between 2pm and 3.30pm.

People will get the chance to see Rod Wood in all of its glory – the site features exotic wild orchids, oxeye daisy, eyebright, knapweed as well as spectacular views of Leek, North Staffordshire and the Peak District.

The walk has been organised to support this year’s month long 30 Days Wild campaign in Staffordshire where the Trust is encouraging people to get closer to nature in June for 30 Days. Challenges can be as simple as hugging your favourite tree, reading your favourite nature book, making your garden wildlife friendly or listening to bird song.

Val Riley, from the Leek Local Group, said: “Rod Wood is a stunning site to visit at this time of the year and we wanted to support the Trust’s 30 Days Wild campaign by holding a special event. 30 Days Wild is an exciting campaign and encourages people to become tuned into the natural world, something which is so important.

“In 2013, Rod Wood was designated a ‘Coronation Meadow’ as part of the tributes to mark 60 years since Queen Elizabeth was crowned.

“It’s a very important site to our county and we hope to see lots of people on the walk.”

The walk is expected to last for an hour and a half and is free to attend. Donations will be welcome on the day. People can register and sign up to attend by visiting www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/whats-on

A quiz will be held for youngsters who attend the walk.

People can sign up for their free 30 Days Wild pack by www.wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild. When you sign up for 30 Days Wild, you’ll receive a pack of wild goodies, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to go wild during June.

The Rod Wood nature reserve work party takes place on the second Saturday of each month between 10am and 1pm. Anyone interested in joining it can do so by calling David Rowe on 01538 385009.