Fun-filled activity trails are coming to the farm and three other sites around around the UK from September, thanks to the support of Stick Man brand owner Magic Light Pictures.
Based on the much-loved picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the self-guided trails are designed to help children go on their own adventure with the character, find out more about the natural world and learn how things grow.
The trails, aimed at three to seven-year-olds, will offer an interactive learning experience for Stick Man fans. Brightly coloured boards featuring Stick Man and other characters from the picture book will be used alongside an activity pack, with children able to claim a reward for completing the trail.
The trails are being piloted initially in four flagship community growing sites, one in each UK country. They are appearing from 13 September at Windmill Hill City Farm in Bristol, Greenmeadow Community Farm in Wales, Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden in Scotland and Colin Glen Trust, which runs a community forest park in Northern Ireland.
It’s hoped that parents and young children will ‘twig’ how much fun the trails can be and become new and regular visitors to their local growing group.
The initiative is part of a national campaign called Local Heroes, which aims to get more people, including children, involved with their local community growing groups, such as city farms, community gardens, therapy gardens and community orchards.
There are estimated to be over 2,500 community growing groups in the UK, most of which rely on voluntary support and need more help to thrive.
Heidi Seary, project manager of the Growing Together partnership which is leading the Local Heroes campaign, said: “We hope that hundreds of young children and families will be inspired to go on their own outdoor adventure with Stick Man at a community growing site, where they can have fun, as well as learn more about the natural world and how things grow.
“Our new Stick Man trails will provide children, particularly those in urban areas who have little access to the countryside, with an opportunity to play and learn outdoors, at the same time as raising the profile of local community growing groups, which help make local neighbourhoods better, healthier and friendlier places.
“If the trails are as popular as we hope, we plan to ‘branch out’ the Stick Man trails and activities to other local community groups next year.”
Daryl Shute, brand director at Magic Light Pictures, said: “Encouraging exploration and learning about nature are core values for the Stick Man brand so we are really excited to bring these trails into a new, urban setting and reach a wider audience.”
To find out more about how the trails and where to find the pilot sites, and the Local Heroes campaign, go to https://www.growingtogether. community/stick-man