Double event celebration in the park

Double event celebration in the park

DOGS, birds, hedgehogs and heritage will be on display in Thornhill’s Rectory Park at an event tomorrow (Sat).

The Friends of Rectory Park group will be launching their Heritage Lottery Funded Project ‘Rectory Park Gone Wild’, and a fun dog show is also taking place.

Rectory Park Gone Wild initiative is a £47,000 project that will see wildlife habitats restored, training opportunities and activities for families.

The launch event starts at 2pm and features attractions including birds of prey.

There’ll be walks and talks on birds that live in and visit Rectory Park by local ornithologist Russell Smithson and other nature-themed talks from Kevin Cale.

A local hedgehog sanctuary will be there to give advice on how best to care for the spiky creatures, and members of the Dewsbury Ramblers group will be on hand to talk about their new Centenary Walk, which passes through Rectory Park.

A photography competition with the theme of Rectory Park will be judged, with entries accepted on the day.

There will be displays from the Friends group of their work in the park so far and their plans for the future.

There will also be full details of the events and activities over the next 18 months for Rectory Park Gone Wild.

The second-annual fun dog show will start at 2.30pm, with six classes open to all breeds and classes.

The event is free to enter and open to all ages and skills, with Elizabeth Smith from Kirklees Dog Warden Division doing the judging.

Refreshments will be on sale throughout from the Thornhill United pavilion.

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