Children invited to be a Cotswold detective as part of Countryside 2011 campaign

Children and families across West Oxfordshire are invited to bring their wellies next week and spend a morning being a Cotswold countryside detective as part of this year’s COUNTRYSIDE 2011 campaign.

This free event which takes place on Tuesday 31 May at 10am is organised and led by Rosemary Wilson, Voluntary Warden for the Cotswolds Conservation Board and former teacher, and will encourage children and their families to use a map and follow a trail exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding the village of Fifield in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Children will discover interesting landscape features, wildlife and a few ‘quirky’ things along the way to help them understand more about the nature and countryside on their doorstep.

Nicola Greaves, Information & Interpretation Officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board said: “Our guided walks are always very popular with a wide range of people. We are delighted to be supporting Countryside 2011 with a walk that is specifically aimed at younger people to encourage them to explore the outdoors in a safe and fun way.”

Also happening in the Cotswolds AONB during the COUNTRYSIDE 2011 week on Sunday 29 May is a 7-mile walk based on the Rollright Stones, a special place steeped in history and folklore.

COUNTRYSIDE 2011 is a two-week showcase of countryside-based activities and events designed to get us all up, out and hooked on the great outdoors. The fortnight of discovery runs from 28th May to 12th June across nine counties in South East England.

The event also forms part of this summer’s Cotswolds AONB Guided Walks Programme which features over 130 free guided walks across the Cotswolds aimed at encouraging people to enjoy and appreciate the countryside. For further details of all guided walks in the Cotswolds, go to www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/guidedwalks.

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Notes to editors:

  • The ‘Be a Cotswold Detective’ Walk will start from the village of Fifield at 10am on Tuesday 31 May. Pre-booking is not required.
  • The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
  • The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 46 AONBs in the UK. For further details: www.aonb.org.uk