Family Nature Quest

Do you know where the wood is in Lockwood? Ever visited the river? Let charity, River Holme Connections, and local artists bring Spa Wood and the River Holme to life for your family.

Join our Family Nature Quest led by artist Bess Martin, who will take you on a journey of discovery. All ages will love this exploration game as Bess reveals Spa Wood’s hidden treasures and the enjoyment a trip along the riverside can bring.

Please drop in for an hour on Sunday 30th June 2019 between 11am and 3pm and enjoy the quest. Meet at The Scar Cafe, 1 Woodhead Road, Huddersfield HD4 6ER.

This free event is open to families living in the local area.

Family Nature Quest

Forest Bathing

Modern life can leave you anxious and stressed. Enjoy the benefits of unwinding with this relaxing workshop. Creative, mindfulness and wellbeing expert, Rachel Howfield Massey, will help you tune into your senses and connect with nature leaving you stress-free and ready for anything.

Wednesday 19th June 2019 from 7pm to 8.30pm. Meet at The Scar Cafe, 1 Woodhead Road, Huddersfield HD4 6ER.

Open to adults and young people aged 12+. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the session and wear appropriate clothing.

Free to families in Newsome, Berry Brow, Lockwood and Crosland Moor.

Forest Bathing

Stone Carving

Do you live in Newsome, Berry Brow, Lockwood or Crosland Moor? Then you can take part in this free event.

Create a limestone sculpture for your home or garden. Professional stone sculptor, Melanie Wilks, will teach you how to sculpt like an expert to create a relief sculpture in this creative workshop. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the workshop and dress appropriatley.

Saturday 15th June 2019 from 10am to 4pm. Meet at  The Scar Cafe, 1 Woodhead Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield HD4 6ER. Organised by River Holme Connections. Minimum age: 14 years. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Stone Carving

Nature’s Medicine

Find out which plants can support your wellbeing. Professional medical herbalist, Sue Salmon, will take you on a gentle stroll along the River Holme to discover medicinal plants and the benefits they bring. A free event open to families in Newsome, Berry Brow, Lockwood or Crosland Moor.

Tuesday 4th June 2019 from 7pm to 8pm. Meet at Scar Cafe, Lockwood. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the event. Organised by River Holme Connections. This session is open to adults and young people aged 15+

Nature’s Medicine

Mapping the River Holme catchment

A major conservation project to map the River Holme catchment has begun – and volunteers can get involved in helping to survey the river.

River Holme Connections have appointed Ryan Lloyd, a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) student at Sheffield Hallam University, to map the River Holme. The student placement is expected to last until September 2019. It will involve Ryan using his mapping skills to build a clear picture of the River Holme catchment and the plants and animals that inhabit the river. This will help with future conservation projects.

Simon Hirst, River Holme Connections River Steward, says: “This project will transform the work we do at River Holme Connections. It will pinpoint native animals and plants, as well as identifying outfall pipes and barriers to fish migration. It will also identify the exact location of invasive species and allow us to target our conservation work more accurately and effectively.”

Ryan already has a great deal of work experience to his name, having worked for the RSPB as an assistant warden and project officer. He now lives in Meltham and is looking forward to giving something back to his local community. Ryan says: “I believe learning more about how the wildlife and people interact within this key habitat is an important part of managing the river network. I’m looking forward to working with our volunteers on this exciting project.”

Ryan is looking for volunteers to help him map the River Holme. Anyone who is interested in taking part in the project should email Ryan on GIS@riverholmeconnections.org or call 01484 661756.

Be a river surveyor

Ryan’s appointment is part of the charity’s Our Holme project. Funded by Cummins Foundation, Our Holme aims to educate local communities about the river environment and the role we can all play in keeping our rivers healthy.

Spa Wood Young Riverside Explorers

Join local charity River Holme Connections on the Riverside Way in Lockwood for a walk on the wildside. Discover the wildlife that lives above and below the surface of the River Holme, get rid of some alien invaders, try your hand at fishing and help us create some unique artworks.

Drop in or spend some time with us at this free half term event for youngsters and their families. Tuesday 30th October 2018 from 1pm to 3pm, meet at HD4 6AT.

Spa Wood Young Riverside Explorers

This event is one of the Kirklees Youth Alliance Events during October half term. It is part of an exciting new alliance of youth-focused organisations delivering positive activities across Kirklees. We will be asking young people about service provision to help develop a new community-based youth offer.

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