We have had another really busy month, with training, trails, walks and talks. With only 4 months left on this fantastic project the whole team are working at full-steam to bring everything together.
Accessible Environments Training
We started our month with our postponed Accessible Environments training course. This was held on a lovely day at Woodgate Valley Country Park. We learned all about describing the various aspects of accessibility – including steps, facilities, paths and parking – to help provide as much information as possible for people who have different access needs. We then came up with a plan to publicise some of our most accessible boulders to encourage as many people as possible to visit these wonderful boulders. Many thanks to Teresa and Simon at Woodgate Valley Country Park for their help with the running of the training course.
We are thrilled to have taken delivery of our second batch of Trail 3 “Around Kings Norton” leaflets. The previous version was so popular we had run out. This provided an excellent opportunity to include some updated information discovered through the project. Copies of this leaflet will be available at all our events over summer plus in many local outlets too.
As well as Trail 3 updates our volunteers have been busy bringing together Trail 5: “Three Hills Challenge. Calcot, Romsley and Frankley. Boulders by Bike or Boot”. This is now being tested by our excellent trail volunteers and should be finished, ready to launch at Frankley Carnival on Saturday 24th June.
Beth took her first guided walk of the year for Malvern U3A Geology Group around Cotteridge Park and Bournville following the Louis Barrow Trail. The weather was wonderful and we had a lovely time finding and discussing these wonderful boulders.
Our amazing volunteer Julie Schroder is also leading a guided walk around Woodgate Valley Country Park on Monday 29th May as part of GeoWeek 2023. We are thrilled that all the spaces have been booked up and look forward to sharing the photographs with you next month.
As part of GeoWeek 2023, Beth also provided a short talk about geology and public engagement, sharing the many different ways that the Erratic Boulder Project has been telling the stories behind the boulders with different groups and organisations.
As always the work we do wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of our wonderful volunteers and the support of players of The National Lottery, through the National Lottery Heritage Fund – so a huge THANK YOU to them.
Beth Andrews and Zoe Jackson
Thanks to National Lottery players.