Help Wake up the Wildlife at Harlow Carr this half term

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Families are invited to take part in a fun-filled week of wildlife-themed activities and workshops at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate this February half-term (Saturday 14 – Sunday 22 February).










Let your imagination run wild with RHS Garden Harlow Carr’s scarecrow-making competition

Families are invited to take part in a fun-filled week of wildlife-themed activities and workshops at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate this February half-term (Saturday 14 – Sunday 22 February).

The garden’s Wakey, Wakey Wildlife event includes a scarecrow-making competition, bird-ringing demonstrations, indoor craft activities and an outdoor garden trail to suit all ages. All the activities on offer are designed to celebrate the creatures and critters that make Harlow Carr their home at this time of year. Activities take place between 10am and 3pm and include:

Giant Scarecrow Competition: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February
Sessions at 10am, 12pm & 2pm. £10 per ticket plus normal garden admission. Pre-booking essential. Tel: 020 3176 5830.
Enjoy some quality time with your family building a life-size scarecrow to be displayed within the garden throughout half-term. Six pre-bookable, hour-long workshops are available over the weekend and visitors will be able to vote for their favourite so the more creative and wacky, the better. The winning group will receive a prize worth £100. Basic materials will be provided – participants just need to bring clothes and items to dress their scarecrow.

Bird Ringing at the Bird Hide: Sunday 22 February 10am - 3pm
Find out how to attract birds into your garden and watch specially-trained bird ringers from the East Dales Ringing Group identify, ring and record the birds that call Harlow Carr home.

Craft Workshops at Bramall Learning Centre:
Monday 16 – Friday 20 February
10am – 4pm (3pm Friday)
Make your own cute and crafty version of the animals that are waking up after their winter hibernation.

Visitors will be able to get hints and tips about how to make their own gardens more wildlife friendly, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will use fun games to teach families about invasive species and there will be a garden trail for youngsters who want to help Silas the Squirrel on his journey around Harlow Carr to collect his acorns and wake up the wildlife along the way.

Paul Cook, Curator at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, says: “We’re celebrating all things wildlife as the garden begins to come alive again after the cold, winter months. Whatever the weather throws at us, there will be something fun to keep the kids occupied, so wrap up warm and come join in the wildlife fun.”

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

Opening times
Harlow Carr is open every day except for Christmas Day.
9.30am – 4pm November to February inclusive
9.30am – 6pm March to October inclusive
Last admission is one hour before closing time.

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type)

Non-members (excluding Gift Aid)
Adult £8.95
Family (2 plus 2) £22.80
Children 5 – 16yrs £4.50
Children under 5 years Free
Groups £7.95

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

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