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Autumn forage ramble for Moray's over 55s

By Ewan Malcolm

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OVER 55s in Moray are being invited to spend an autumn morning rambling in nature at Quarrel Wood, Elgin on Friday October 29.

The programme has been designed by the Royal Voluntary Service.
The programme has been designed by the Royal Voluntary Service.

The free Nature Forage Walk is part of First Time for Everything, a programme designed by the Royal Voluntary Service and supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery. It gives people an opportunity to try something new for free in their local community.

Walkers are being advised to arrive at the Quarrel Wood Car Park on Brumley Brae in Elgin at 10.00am. A guide from Wild Things Environmental Education in Action will then lead a gentle two hour foraging ramble through the woods where participants will learn about local woodland flora and fauna.

There is a path all the way with some elevated sections, but some of the terrain is unsuitable for wheelchairs and for people with limited mobility. Free light refreshments will be available during the walk.

According to new research by the Royal Voluntary Service more than four in ten people aged 55 and over responding in Scotland have spent most of their time indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly a quarter are looking forward to being active or doing some exercise now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing.

Laura Chow, Head of Charities for the People's Postcode Lottery, said: "First Time for Everything activities are a safe, gentle and enjoyable way to boost physical and mental health and wellbeing, particularly for those that are older or less mobile. Thanks to the players of People's Postcode Lottery, local people can look forward to some great sessions."

Booking for the free First Time for Everything Nature Forage Walk is essential as places are limited. To register for a place, contact Sharon Finlay on 07974 415713 or email sharon.finlay@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk. Walkers are advised to wear warm waterproof clothing and sturdy walking shoes.

More information can be found here.

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