At last there’s no doubt about it, the seasons are finally changing! Spring is on the way and we are thrilled about the prospect of warmer days on the horizon. This month I’ve put together a collection of events and activities that will help you swing into Spring. From lambing to foraging; forest bathing to Mother’s Day magic and of course a dose of seasonal spring blooms you’ll find plenty here to lift your spirits…
Nothing says Spring has sprung like a flock of boisterous lambs happily skipping across a fresh, green, field. We’re lucky here in Sussex to be surrounded by farmland and pastures full of these gorgeous specimens – there are even several local farms that invite visitors to watch birth and help with feeding.
Visit: South Brockwells Farm in Little Horsted will be hosting lambing days on Sundays throughout the Spring: March 20th & 27th and April 3rd and 10th at 10am and 11:30am
Take a walk along one of our many public footpaths, woodland trails and forests and you won’t have to venture far before coming across daffodils, tulips, primroses and violets. Nature’s gentle way of reminding us all that brighter times are on the way!
Visit: Heaven Farm in Furners Green for their Spectacular Spring Flower event. Explore their magical woodland for a display of celandines, wood anemones and bluebells. A family ticket costs £15.
Forest bathing is the English translation of Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of improving mental and physical wellbeing through nature.
Visit: Join Swedish workshop leader, Helena Skoog at Wakehust on March 19th to experience Forest Bathing for yourself. Helena will show you how to ise all your senses to connect with your surroundings, drawing the power of nature to relieve stress, tension and nourish your wellbeing £22.50.
As the flora awaken so do the natural flavours offered by our forests and fields. Spring brings wild garlic, hawthorn and nettle to name a few.
Visit: Join Ross the Ecologist on a forage around the beautiful Chiddinglye Estate in West Hoathly. Ross will show you the plants that can used in the kitchen and the apothecary. Dates running from March 31st. £15 / adult.
Mother’s Day Outings
Why not use the excuse of Mother’s Day to spend some quality time together embracing nature this Spring? A family picnic on the Forest, walking with alpacas or a simple amble on the Downs there are plenty of ways to show your mum how special she is without relying on chocolate!
Visit: Wilderness Wood for Herbal High Tea and Well Being Treatments on Sunday 27th March. Includes a range of herbal teas, a herbal mocktail and herbal inspire cake and scones with therapies to include massage, facial oils and herbalism.
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