We’ve had a busy and exciting few weeks with the Rosebank Rangers. We had a weekend session on the 19th. The weather stayed nice for us all day and the participants were having so much fun that they didn’t want to leave, so our session ran over by a couple of hours! We planted Raspberry Canes along the slope, next to the steps. When these grow and bloom, it means people walking up and down the Orchard can pick Raspberries off and eat them there and then.
Also on this day we made some great connections with those who are residents in the area, who want to get involved and have come to us with their support and help.
On the following Wednesday, we were finishing what we did on the Sunday with the Rangers. Those who had been there on the Sunday were able to inform their fellow Rangers what we did and demonstrate how to use the tools responsibly and safely. As they were having so much fun planting on the bank, that by the end of the session the Rangers didn’t want to leave!
As the days are getting longer, we are trying to be outside (weather permitting) as long as possible and giving the Rangers to explore the bank and the variety of nature that can be found on it. Every week our small group is slowly increasing in number! Yesterday we did a treasure hunt with the Rosebank Rangers; splitting them into two groups they all had little cards which had descriptive words on them and they were to find something that fitted the word, they then attached the object to a piece of twine they all had.
Then we went inside to learn about Ash trees and that the rings inside a tree trunk showed how old a tree was. We had some tree stumps that had recently been cut down on the Rosebank to use as examples to show the Rangers, the main one being older than even the leaders!
Each week is exciting as the Rosebank Rangers come together and we can see friendships developing within the group!
The days are cold and short but the rosebank rangers is still growing. This week we had 10 young people and two parents! We have been keep the pulse up by exploring the bank. The ranger took photos of all the areas they liked and the bits they didn’t. We then whent inside to start designing signs to put up on the bank. We want people to know we are using the bank and to remind people to look after it.
The next weekend session is coming up on Sunday the 19th this will be very excitng because the shady ash tree’s will have been cut down. We will be making wildlife habitats and planting Rasbery canes ready for summer.