Children urged to go wild at Buchan’s half-term events

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Schoolchildren are being urged to venture along to Buchan Country Park and get back to the wilderness during the half-term holiday.

From Monday May 27 to Friday May 31, experts from the 170-acre woodland will be showcasing their bushcraft skills.

On the Tuesday, they will demonstrate how to build campfires and shelters. The day-long session, starting at 9.45am, is aimed at 8-15-years-old and costs £18 each.

There will be a bushcraft event for families on the Wednesday, with tickets costing £10 each or £30 for four people.

Also on the Wednesday, foraging rangers will be hunting for edible plants and berries from the forest. The event, which runs from noon to 2pm, will feature several flowers used in medicines for hundreds of years. It starts at Worth Church, Crawley, and includes soup made with hand-picked nettles. The sessions cost £5 each and include the homemade soup.

Families can also get up close with Buchan’s rare bats and moths on the Friday. The night watch event, running from 8.30-11pm, will look at how to attract the creatures using wine and treacle. Tickets cost £3 each and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Buchan Country Park’s Simon Rowledge said: “These are really wonderful hands-on days for children and families living in West Sussex.

“They will find out about wildlife at the park and are sure to relish learning about bushcraft skills as well as which plants are safe to eat.

“I recommend booking early as places do fill up quickly.”

Find out more about the events by calling the park’s Countryside Centre on 01293 542 088.

Alternately go to www.westsussex.gov.uk/buchan