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Jock O’ Bennachie finds Things that Grow


By David Porter

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Bennachie’s mythical giant, Jock O’ Bennachie is set to take children and their parents on an online tour of things that grow on the hill.

Craft ideas include painting old Wellie boots to make colourful planters.
Craft ideas include painting old Wellie boots to make colourful planters.

Packed full of fun facts, activities and even jokes it is the latest package in a free online summer holiday programme from the conservation charity, the Bailies of Bennachie.

It can be seen now at: www.juniorbailies.org.uk

Jock asks questions such as and ‘how do you measure a huge tree with your feet on the ground?’ and “ why wildflowers are so important”.

The answers are given in a lively and fun way with links to the best information on the web.

There are also lots of suggested activities like making a sneaker salad or creating a garden in your old wellies and a small competition encourages children to go outside and photograph or draw what they find.

Chair of the Bailies, Jackie Cumberbirch said: “The birds section has been a great success with lots of visits to our website and enthusiasm about the activities and information such as ‘why is bird poo white? .

"This has been very popular!.

"It is still available for families to access but we have now added the next section.

"This next section is about plants.

"One of Jock’s special plants is the Scots pine tree so you can learn more about this tree and listen to a Jock story with local storyteller Jackie Ross. "The section takes in most plants and there is something in it for everyone.”

“Many families are unable to go away this summer and are tired after months of home schooling.

"We hope they will be able to use these online resources to go out of doors and explore the natural world.

"If you cannot get to Bennachie the activities can also be followed by going to a local park, woodland area or even a garden.”

“These ready to use packages of resources aim to provide north east children with exciting relevant materials with a local flavour to help them explore the environment on their doorstep.”



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