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.

Visit www.visitgreatayton.com/bug-trail for further information.

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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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Pollinators and plants talk

The story of Great Ayton’s High Street through the eyes of pollinators from the earliest records to planting for the future will be shared via a free online talk on Wednesday 10th February, from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.

Hear from expert local botanist Martin Allen as he makes his way along the route of a new Bug Trail which will be launched in Great Ayton once restrictions allow. Caryn Loftus, from Moor Sustainable CIC, will share the answers to the research questions that were posed at the start of the project and that members of the History Society helped to answer. The trail aims to interest families in the natural and built heritage of the area by seeing how the planting for pollinators has changed over time as the village has developed and why it is important to now increase the number of plants suitable for pollinators and what part they can play.

The project is managed by Moor Sustainable CIC and has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players through a National Lottery Heritage grant. Email Caryn Loftus for the link to the meeting.

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Online talk – advance notice

Expert botanist Martin Allen, will be giving an online talk ‘The story of Great Ayton’s High Street through the eyes of pollinators’ on Wednesday 10th February, starting at 7:30pm, following the route of a new Bug Trail which will be launched in Great Ayton once restrictions allow.  The trail aims to interest families in the natural and built heritage of the area by seeing how the planting for pollinators has changed over time as the village has developed and why it is important to now increase the number of plants suitable for pollinators and what part they can play. Booking details will be available nearer the time.

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