Bethan Evans, Reporter
Saturday, June 2, 2012
A NORTH Somerset school has created a unique nature trail for the public which has remained a hidden gem for more than 300 years.
The four kilometre nature trail is set in 120 acres of woodland, springs, streams and was picked out by Sidcot School, in Oakridge Lane, Winscombe.
The school’s community events manager, Emma Davis, said: “We commissioned this trail to help our pupils and the local community enjoy the stunning natural landscape.
“It is now an important part of the school’s environmental activities and community outreach.”
The George Cadbury Trust which offers grants to voluntary and community organisations helped finance the project which was designed by Blagdon ecologist Adrian Boots.
Adrian has studied survival skills with Ray Mears and runs his own wild food, camping and bush craft courses.
He said: “It’s been wonderful to discover the natural environmental qualities of the trail and see the children so closely involved.”
The walk is signposted and starts at Tom’s field, named after a much-loved working horse, and ends at Mystery Pillars where walkers can carry on to Shipham.
For a copy of the nature trail go to www.sidcot.org.uk.