west cumbria rivers trust ~ TREE PLANTING AT ROAN WOOD, WASDALE ~

A team of Scouts, with help from a local family, worked with West Cumbria Rivers Trust to plant 127 trees near Roan Wood in Wasdale recently.

Playing skittles at Wordsworth House

Whatever your age and interests, there is something to entertain you at Wordsworth House and Garden or in the North Lakes countryside this spring.

The poet’s childhood home in Cockermouth has a full programme of activities for families during the Easter holidays.

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, pick up a copy of our new children’s trail and follow the poppies around the house and garden to discover the amazing animals that played their part in the conflict.

On Mondays, craft a fabric poppy of your own to commemorate someone dear to you and help us create a field of treasured memories.

Drop in on a Tuesday to write a letter with a quill and ink then seal it with wax just like William and his sister Dorothy used to. The theme on Wednesdays is wild art: materials are supplied – all you need to bring is your imagination.

On Thursdays and Good Friday – gather round the fire with the servants at 11.30am or 2.30pm to hear some of the ghostly tales the Wordsworth children might have enjoyed. At weekends, go wild like William and Dorothy and hunt for bugs in the garden with an explorer bag.

Over Easter weekend, there is a Cadbury egg hunt costing £2.00 per child (normal charges apply). All other activities are free with admission. Find out more at

The National Trust also has Easter egg hunts at Buttermere, Whitehaven Coast, Ennerdale and Derwentwater – see our advert for details.

There is plenty to keep adults entertained as well. At Wordsworth House, a moving new exhibition, Where Poppies Blow, reveals the extraordinary importance of nature during the First World War. It is open from 11.00am to 4.00pm and entry is free with admission to the house and garden.

The servants will be at work in the kitchen every day during the holidays, cooking recipes the family might have eaten and chatting about their lives.

Once the holidays are over, the servants are in on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while the house’s knowledgeable volunteers lead 30-minute guided tours on Mondays and Thursdays at 11.30am and 2.30pm and on Tuesdays at 11.30am.

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The trees, were planted as part of a national ‘Restoring Freshwater Mussel Rivers in England’ Biffa Award-funded catchment- wide project, co-ordinated by the Freshwater Biological Association to help ‘slow the flow’. This is a term used to describe methods that increase the time it takes for rainwater to reach rivers and therefore reduce flood risk. Soil washing into rivers and high flow rate in rivers have the potential to harm the endangered freshwater mussels living further downstream and these are improved with trees in the landscape. The trees will also provide habitat, pollen and fruit for wildlife, as well as locking up carbon as they grow and by reducing the volume and speed of water in the nearby stream, help to maintain a diversity of microhabitats within the watercourse for other wildlife.

During the practical session, the scouts were taught how to use hammers, spades and the post-knocker safely, as well as the correct way to plant the trees to ensure maximum survival rates.

The scouts were joined by the Birks family who recently became River Givers.

Birks family tree planting at Roan Wood

West Cumbria Rivers Trust offers practical outdoor activities as well as indoor sessions with a rivery theme for youth groups across Copeland and Allerdale.

If you are interested, please contact Rebecca Neal at

Hensingham scouts

Photo: Jonathan McMeekin

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