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“Beetle Mania” Comes to Dorothy Clive Garden

An educational family based ‘Beetle Mania’ trail will be hosted by The Dorothy Clive Garden, inspired by children’s book ‘Beetle Boy’ written by M.G. Leonard.

The trail, which will wind its way around the garden, is free of charge and will start on Monday 24th July and will be available for families to take part in every day over the summer holidays  from 10am to 5:30pm daily. It aims to educate families and other visitors about Beetles, other insects, and wildlife that lives within the 12 acre hillside garden, and is part of the charities ongoing commitment to promoting horticultural education and environmental sustainability.

Families will be invited throughout the school holidays to explore the garden guided by the trail which will journey through the woodland quarry and garden, following the story of the Beetle Boy.  There will be Beetle identification sheets and also a display of sample Beetles donated by PHD entomologist, Fran Sconce, from Harper Adams University Entomology department. Families will be asked to collect items along the trail and then make their own beetle to take home.

Julia Roberts, Event Manager, said “Beetle Mania is a fantastic opportunity for families to engage with wildlife as well as learning specifically about beetles, other insects and the nature that lives within the garden. We will also have giant garden games available on our paddocks which can be enjoyed after completing the trail.’’

M.G. Leonard, who recently won the Branford Boase Award for outstanding first novel ‘Beetle Boy’, has also appeared  on Springwatch Unsprung.

Over the summer holidays, the garden tearoom will be open from 10am to 5pm daily. Visitors can purchase a selection of refreshments which including children’s packed lunch bags, seasonal soups, homemade scones, light lunch snacks and various hot and cold drinks. The tearoom is located in the heart of the garden where visitors can sit, relax and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

The gift room is adjacent to the tearoom and has recently been extended. Visitors can purchase M.G. Leonards books ‘Beetle Boy’ and ‘Beetle Queen’, as well as the recently re-launched Billington’s Gingerbread, Dorothy Clive branded products, gardening books, RHS branded soap plus there is a new plant sale area.  The gift shop is open from 10am to 5pm daily.  There is also a plant sales area outside the giftroom which sells a large range of seasonal plants.

There will be several giant games such as snakes and ladders and croquet available on the garden paddocks for families to enjoy all summer.

Also on during the holidays is an educational ‘bat walk’ on Friday 4th August from 8pm to 10pm with the Staffordshire Bat Group. They will have special bat detectors to allow visitors to listen out for bats as they fly around hunting for insects in flight. This is a ticketed event at £5.00 but free for members. Booking is essential.

The Dorothy Clive Garden is open from 10am to 5:30pm, seven days a week throughout the main season from April to September and then weekends from October through to March, annually. Admission is free for children under 4 (and members), £2.00 for children between 5 and 17, £7.50 for adults and £7.00 for concessions. The garden is a charitable garden trust, set up by Colonel Harry Clive in 1958. The objectives are, to use the garden for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public and to maintain and develop the garden inspired in the memory of the late Dorothy Clive.


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