On Saturday 8th November 2014, Hands On Middlesbrough and Friends of Nature’s World were given access for 2 hours to carry out maintenance of the play areas at Nature’s World and to pick any apples that may be left in the heritage orchards (unfortunately there were none left).
A group of about 15 people turned out in torrential rain. The weeds in the Adventure Playground were knee high and despite having no equipment, the volunteers pulled the weeds out by hand.
Some of the people who came to help had once worked at Nature’s World, some used to visit frequently with their families and had many fond memories.
Botanist, Ann Press came along to visit her Forest Garden, one of the oldest forest gardens in the UK and home to a number of rare plants, including a rare Lady Slipper Orchid. Some of the species of plants were replanted at ancient sites around the UK.
Nature’s World was a much loved place to visit. A place for scientific study and for adults and children to learn about nature and the environment. A beautiful green space in Middlesbrough and one that needs to be protected.