05 May 2016

Callington spring fair a success

Callington Spring FairSpring definitely sprung for the spring fair at Callington Road recently. The sun shone and temperatures reached a balmy 19°. Service users and staff made the most of the warm weather by joining in the activities, enjoying tea and cake and soaking up the relaxing atmosphere.

The theme for the event was Pollination and Pollinators - flowers, bees, bugs and butterflies. This provided a chance for everyone to experience the therapeutic value of connecting with nature and being outdoors.

The event included information stalls from Bike Minded, Rethink Wild Walks for Wellbeing, Friends of Callington Rd Nature Reserve and Avon Wildlife Trust, whilst the Occupational Therapy department and Bristol Active Life Project organised outdoor activities and games.

Service users and staff also made ten insect boxes, which will be installed around the grounds and in the adjoining nature reserve. Troughs and tubs with nectar-rich plants were also fitted to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Bug expert Tony Smith from Bristol Naturalists Society led bug and flower walks though the grounds and later reported that several interesting species called Callington home, including a rare beetle Callicerus Obscurus.

You can't have a fair without cakes - so lots of people got busy decorating cakes with a bee and butterfly theme, all of which were quickly snapped up. It was a great event attracting many staff and service users from across the site.

The Occupational Therapy Department and staff at Callington feel the event was a great opportunity to promote the 5 Ways of Wellbeing using our wonderful grounds and they are planning to organise more events like this in the future.

Congratulations to the team for putting on a successful event and promoting health and wellbeing for everyone on the site. 

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