Wildflowers and hanging baskets in summer learning programme

Flowers at the entrance to the village

By Betsy Everett

The summer term Learning Curve programme at the Wensleydale sport and leisure centre continues next week with a session on gardening.

Following the promise by Askrigg and Low Abbotside parish council to install hanging baskets for residents to brighten up the village there will be a session on Monday, April 30, at Braithwaites garden centre at Leeming Bar.

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Phil Braithwaite will demonstrate how to create a colourful basket, how to maintain it throughout the season, and will also conduct a tour of the centre. Meet at 5pm at the Wensleydale centre, for car sharing. The cost will be £5.

Meanwhile, by popular request, there will be another wildflower walk and talk with plant ecologist Deborah Millward, this time at Ballowfields nature reserve near Carperby. It will be on Tuesday, June 19, and will cost £10. Details of time and a meeting place will be announced shortly.

Potter Suzanne Wright will conduct another pottery workshop for beginners and others on Monday, June 25, from 10am to 3pm at the centre. The task will be to make a vase about ten inches tall, decorate it and leave it to be fired by Suzanne and returned on completion. The cost will be £35 for tuition and all materials.

Suzanne will run another class for more experienced potters on Monday, July 16, from 10am to 4pm, this time to make and decorate a contemporary jug about ten to twelve inches tall. The cost will be £40. Participants should bring an apron and a packed lunch to either or both sessions.

For more information on all courses or to book a place call Jan Hale on 01969 650060 or email admin@yorebridge-sport.co.uk.