THE abundance of wildlife on the National Memorial Arboretum’s 150-acre site in Staffordshire has provided the inspiration for a creative set of craft activities this half term.

The programme, which runs from 11am to 3pm from today (15 February) until Friday (19 February), includes insect and fossil modelling, creepy crawly kite making and crafting flowers and birds.

Children will also be encouraged to get out and about using the Arboretum’s bug explorer backpacks, following the venue’s animal trail.

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On Saturday, February 20, Richard Thorpe, the Arboretum’s volunteer wildlife officer, will lead children on a walk in search of snowdrops, birds and other wildlife.

Managing director Sarah Montgomery said: “The Arboretum is a wonderful haven for wildlife with a wealth of natural habitats including emerging woodland, hay meadows, riverbanks and marshland.

“We hope that children enjoy our half-term activities, which enable them to learn more about wildlife on the site and put their creative talents to the test in craft activities.”

For more details on these and other events at the Arboretum, visit

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