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Countryside comes to Devizes
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust brought parts of the countryside to Devizes town centre to showcase the charity’s work and livestock.
Taking over the Market Place on Saturday, the trust brought its rare breed Herdwick sheep and Dexter cattle.
Visitors also had the opportunity to meet birds of prey with Walk with Hawks. Among the magnificent birds were a golden eagle crossed with a steepe eagle, a barn owl and a kestrel and they proved a popular draw throughout the day.
Oak and Furrow animal rescue centre brought the ever popular baby hedgehogs, and those who were brave enough to face them could learn about bees with a demonstration hive by the Bee People. Displays included an array of steam engines and an impressive John Deere tractor.
Children and adults alike enjoyed the interactive river which helped explain the work being undertaken by the Wessex Chalk Streams project by giving people the chance to rearrange a river bank to make the water change course, speed up and slow down.
For youngsters there were lots of nature related activities and games including making beeswax candles.
Staff highlighted the work of Food Champions in projects including creating community orchards and teaching cookery.
There was a stand selling everything from fire wood and bean poles to hand hewn wood stepping stones and oak benches, all made by trust staff.
The barbecue, featuring the Trust’s meat products, did a great trade, where visitors could enjoy great quality burgers and sausages before buying a few steaks or a joint of beef to take home.
Meanwhile, in the Corn Exchange, a repair café gave people the chance to learn how to fix those broken household items and a swap shop allowed mums to exchange out grown clothes and toys.
This was the second year the event had been held and organiser Michele Gard said: “Everything came together on Saturday to make County Comes to Town a fantastic event, raising almost £3,000 to support the Trust’s work. I’d like to thank everyone; staff and visitors for making it such a great day.”
During the day the trust announced the winners of its annual volunteer awards: Young volunteer of the Year: Tom Fry, 15, of Corsham; Lifetime Achievement: Sue Haines of Devizes; Volunteer of the Year: Jenny Amor and Laurie Lovelace of Marlborough; Volunteer Group of the Year: Smallbrook Meadows, Warminster.
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