Stirring up local interest

PUBLISHED: 13:23 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

THE arts of wood carving and wool spinning using locally sourced materials will be demonstrated this weekend. A craft day hosted by the RSPB will be held on Saturday at The Lodge nature reserve in Sandy. Ed Burnett, a local wood carver, will be using wood

THE arts of wood carving and wool spinning using locally sourced materials will be demonstrated this weekend.

A craft day hosted by the RSPB will be held on Saturday at The Lodge nature reserve in Sandy.

Ed Burnett, a local wood carver, will be using wood from the reserve itself as he shows people how to make their own wooden spoon.

He will be joined by the Bedfordshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers who will be spinning the wool taken from the reserve's flock of rare Manx Loghtan sheep.

The guild has demonstrated its skills at the reserve before and donated the hats, scarves and gloves they have made to sell to visitors in The Lodge shop.

Anna Riach, the reserve's visitor officer, said: "The woolly hats and scarves are very popular with people who have encountered the sheep on their walk around the reserve.

"It's good to see the spinners back again this year and great to have Ed the wood carver along who can give people the chance to get involved with carving something for themselves."

Ed will be using surplus wood from trees that have been taken down as part of the restoration of heathland on the reserve, a rare habitat.

Another part of the plan to restore heathland is the 40-strong flock of Manx Loghtan sheep which graze the area.

The craft demonstrations at the reserve will run from 10.30am until 4pm. They are free to watch but it is £3 to take part in making your own spoon to take home - book on 01767 680541.

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