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Spring into the Park


Families are in for a pre- Easter treat on April fi rst when they can look for signs of Spring and take part in Nature Detective activities on the fi rst of a special series of Walkabout Wrekin walks in Telford Town Park.


The ‘Spring into the Park’


New monthly Sunday Walking for Health Walk


Building on the success of the well-established Wednesday Walkabout Wrekin walk in Wellington (see photo), a new monthly walk is starting in April. The first walk will be on April 15, with a grading of 4 hearts + the walk will last about 90 minutes.


The walk will be held on the third Sunday of every month at 2 pm from outside Wellington Leisure Centre. All are welcome. If you would like to join the walk, please arrive 15 minutes early for registration, wear suitable footwear and bring water- proof clothing. The walk has been arranged for the third Sunday in the month to al- ternate with the Wellington Walkers are Welcome walk (see www.wellingtonwalker- sarewelcome.org.uk) which lasts about two hours, and is on the first Sunday of the


walk on Sunday April fi rst been organised by The Walkabout Wrekin Walking for Health Project, it’s free, and suitable for all the fam- ily. Qualifi ed Walk leaders will guide you on a relaxed 90 minute walk around the Park and Nature reserve - starting at 10.30am. outside the entrance to Wonderland, fi nishing at the start at noon. Kids can meet the White Rabbit from Wonderland at the start.


Alec Connah, project


worker at Walkabout Wrekin, said, “This is a great chance to get the kids outdoors


as the wild fl owers are ap- pearing and learn about our green spaces. The route’s buggy-friendly, so suited for all ages. Please remember to wear suitable outdoor clothes’.


There’ll be a free prize draw for a Family ticket to Wonderland, everyone on the walk will get a 2 for 1 of- fer of entry to Wonderland on April fi rst. Just turn up at 10.15 a.m. on April fi rst for registration. Further details are available from Alec Walk- about Wrekin project worker 01952 217474 or email alec. connah@shropcom.nhs.uk.


ARE YOU MISSING OUT?


Research for IKEA and the Woodland Trust shows fami- lies are missing out on en- joying local woodland. Out of 2,000 parents questioned, 1 in 5 (20%) don’t spend time with their family in local woodland.


This is backed by fi gures from the Woodland Trust, showing the UK is one of the least wooded countries with only 13% covering com- pared to a European aver- age of 44%.


month. For more information on the new walk please con- tact Walkabout Wrekin on 01952 217474 or see http:// www.healthytelford.nhs.uk/ Walkaboutwrekin.


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The HPA has been receiving enquiries about possible risks associated with bracelets made from jequirity beans, which contain the poison abrin which is very toxic. The background to this is that in December 2011, the Eden Project in Cornwall voluntarily recalled bracelets sold in their gift shop which contained Jequirity beans. There have been no report- ed cases of poisonings from the bracelets but ingestion of any quantity of chewed, crushed or drilled (e.g. from a necklace) beans should be re-


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If people think they are in possession of the Jequir- ity bean bracelets it is rec- ommended that they return them to the supplier. If this is not possible then the brace- lets should be bagged and disposed of through normal household waste. In line with good hand hygiene practices, and as an additional precau- tion, owners should also wash hands and avoid touching eyes after bagging.


The activity families most enjoy is on the beach (28%) followed by visiting local woodland or park (24%). 18% are happiest at a theme park, 10% prefer to stay in- doors watching TV or play- ing computer games. 27% of parents admit their kids spend under two hours a week playing outside, 5% say their kids spend no time outside.


But half (50%) of par- ents think it important for their kids to get out of the house to play. 49% want to see more woodland in the UK. 61% are keen to get in- volved in local tree planting, 31% know of a local area


that would benefi t from tree planting.


IKEA supports the Wood-


land Trust via ‘IKEA FAMILY Foot of Forest campaign.’ Every time IKEA FAMILY members swipe their FAMILY card, IKEA donates 10p to the Woodland Trust to create a ‘foot of forest’. This raised £1.35 million for the Wood- land Trust, helping create over 309 acres of woodland. Woodland Trust’s Janette


Wickens says: “As well as the eco benefi ts of wood- lands, people also have a lot to gain from visiting lo- cal woodland. A walk in the woods gives a feeling of peace and tranquillity. With the support of IKEA we can plant more woodland and ensure future generations can reap these benefi ts too”. Charlie Browne, IKEA’s sustainability manager says, “We are pleased to an- nounce our continued sup- port of the Woodland Trust.” To participate in the


Woodland Trust’s ‘Trees for the Community’ ask for a free tree pack at www.wood- landtrust.org.uk/ikeacom- munitytrees


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