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News article created on 30 November 2016

Festive fun at Fradley Junction

The Trust is inviting local people to visit Fradley Junction on Sunday 4 December to help make Christmas decorations and tasty treats for the birds that visit the waterways.

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The event which is being organised by the Trust, will allow youngsters to make some monkey nut garlands which can be used to decorate trees and feed the birds that visit Fradley Junction over winter. Visitors will also be able to make willow stars which can then be taken home and used to decorate the family Christmas tree. Every child that attends will also be given a free festive gift.

The activities will run from 11am until 2pm and are being led by the Trust’s ‘Explorers’ education programme aimed at teaching kids all about the wildlife of their local canals as well as how to enjoy them safely. The event is run by volunteers and is part of a monthly programme of things to do at Fradley Junction.

The junction marks the meeting point of the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals and has supported a hive of activity on the canal over the past two centuries. Nowadays, with Fradley Pool, it has become a haven for wildlife and a popular visitor destination.

Liz Morton, lead Explorers Volunteer at Fradley, said: "This event is a really nice opportunity to enjoy some family fun time whilst also creating some delicious winter food for the wildlife that visits Fradley Junction. I hope to see lots of families coming along, get in the festive spirit and enjoy seeing what animals visit Fradley this time of year."

The activities are taking place at the Trust Welcome Station in the café courtyard. All activities are free although parking is pay and display.

The Fradley Education Volunteers lead visits where children can learn all about their local canal and the wildlife which lives around it. The volunteers can also provide cub-scout and brownie visits to Fradley in the Spring/Summer months. For more information on school or event activities, please email sarah.cook@canalrivertrust.org.uk