Jul 15 2019

Skipton Sheep Day Great Outreach Sucess

Every year Skipton Town hosts Sheep Day, the day celebrates Skipton’s heritage, its Anglo-Saxon name being ‘Sceap Tun’, meaning Sheep Town. The famous ‘Sheep Show’ takes place at regular intervals throughout the day; the show looks at different breeds of sheep, sheep shearing and even sheep dancing!!  It also has plenty of other animal-based attractions. This year the event occurred on the 7th July and included – at the top of the street in prime position – the Woodlands Trust rather snazzy mobile visitor centre.  

5 of us staffed the stand at the Sheep Day with the purpose of sharing the aim and vision of the Woodland Trust with members of public during the day. Luckily it was a sunny day which bought out the crowds. We spoke to over a hundred people and of those one hundred about 50 of them were quality, in depth discussions about the Woodland Trust and or Skipton Woods.

Some of those that we spoke to were local and just wanted to say how much they loved the woods and how often they used them in their daily lives. Many wanted to know more about how they could protect the woods and help the Woodland Trust.  Others were tourists who were looking for somewhere to go that was a bit peaceful or they wanted somewhere interesting around the area. We even got a few locals who were astounded that they had this fabulous facility in their neighborhood and didn’t know about it.

We furnished everyone who came to the visitor centre with whatever information they needed or wanted.  For tourists that may have been the Skipton Woods Walk Leaflet; for locals it was information on the Woods and the event list; for anyone who wanted it was the information leaflet on joining the Trust.

The mobile visitor centre is a great asset and at the moment is predominately used in and around our destination woods.

Samantha Roberts- Event Volunteer, N Yorks

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