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Winners of Bug Trail prize draw

Thank you to all those who took part in our Bug Trail prize draw. 1st prize was won by Tim, with Rachel and William coming second and Alison 3rd. The lucky winners should all have received their vouchers by now.

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Free Bug Trail Prize Draw

Have you had a go at the new Bug Trail in Great Ayton yet?

Moor Sustainable, who have put the trail together would love to have feedback about the trail so have launched a prize draw, with prizes of National Garden Centre vouchers. The vouchers can be used in Strikes, the local garden centre, or in any participating garden centre around the country. You can pick up the trail booklet, leaflet and prize draw entry from the Discovery Centre in Great Ayton or you can enter the prize draw online.

Prize draw closes on the 7th June.

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New Bug Trail in Great Ayton

Thompsons Timberworks are busy in Great Ayton today installing the posts for our new Bug Trail. The trail tells the story of Great Ayton’s High Street through the eyes of pollinators.

From tomorrow you can pick up a leaflet and trail booklet from the entrance of the Great Ayton Discovery Centre and also download a Bug Trail app from App Store or Google Play. The booklet has places to record rubbings from 7 posts at key spots in the village. Once the Discovery Centre fully re-opens, hopefully in April, you will be able to get a sticker if you take the completed booklet to the Great Ayton Tourist Information Centre desk.

Thank you to all those who helped research the history, particularly members of Great Ayton History Society. The trail has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players through a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant and will be maintained thanks to a grant from Great Ayton Parish Council.

Thanks to Daniel Van der Toorn of Toorn Designs for the fantastic engravings and to Studio Botez for the design work on the web page, app, leaflets and booklet. Thank you to Yatton House Society for printing the booklet and leaflets. Thank you to the Parish Council and Broadacres Housing Association for permission to install the posts.

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Pollinators and plants – notes and presentation

In February 2021 a talk, by Martin Allen and Caryn Loftus, was held online called Pollinators and Plants as we couldn’t have a group walk through the village. Over 50 people attended the talk and gave some great feedback.

Thank you both for a terrific presentation, informative, interesting and brilliantly presented.  One of the best and maybe the best webinar/zoom I’ve attended.

Here are the presentation and notes from the talk.

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Pollinators and plants – reminder

Remember to get in touch if you would like to attend the free Pollinators and Plants talk on Wednesday 10th February. The talk will last for about an hour followed by a chance to ask questions and have a discussion about the next steps for the Bug Trail in Great Ayton. Email Caryn Loftus for the link to the meeting.

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