The group of walkers are seen from behind walking along the canal towpath. The canal is to their left and trees, foliage and grass surround the scene to both sides.

Take a walk – or four!

Reconnecting with nature and water is a great way to banish the winter blues! From November to March, Appetite and artist Anna Francis are hosting a series of nature-inspired walks along the Trent and Mersey canal at Kidsgrove.

Each walk will have something different. As the seasons progress into deep winter you’ll explore the changes in the landscape with fellow walkers as well as some very special guests. Whether you are interested in foraging, nature or simply joining a friendly activity with others in your neighbourhood, Anna wants you to come along for the walk!

The first Kidsgrove Canal Nature Recovery Walk took place on Saturday 11 November. You can read all about it in our blog, where you can also download a free guide to the walk including information on the plant species you will see.

Schedule

Sunday 10 December  1 – 3pm  Foraging Walk

On this winter foraging walk you will be joined by forager and fermenter Emma Cronin of Wild Pickle. Along the way you will note the surprising number of things that can be foraged in December, and also get an overview of the Forager’s Code of Practice.

Saturday 13 January  11am – 1pm  Biodiversity Walk

Artist Anna and the group will be joined on this walk by a special guest! Andrea Ku is a beekeeper and biodiversity specialist of B4Biodiversity, whose aim is to raise the awareness of urban biodiversity through educational, practical, and creative projects. During this deep winter walk you wil explore what is happening in the landscape at this time of year.

Saturday 3 February I 11am – 1pm I Birder’s Special

In the spirit of the RSP Big Garden Birdwatch, Anna and the group will be joined by artist and nature enthusiast Ben Sadler. Whether you’re a keen sketcher or simply admire our feathered friends, you’re sure to be fascinated as we take a look at the birds who live along the canal.

Saturday 2 March  12 – 3.30pm Foraging & Biodiversity

For the walk series finale there will be two walks with forager and fermenter Emma Cronin of Wild Pickle showing you new things to eat for free as we head into spring. PLUS students on the Staffordshire University Fine Art Course will be hosting an art trail of their work, hands-on activities and mindful meditation sessions throughout the day. Pick up a map from the lodge and explore the art trail at leisure or take a guided walk. Here is a how the day looks:

  • 12pm-3pm Drop-in creative activities and meditation sessions with the students. Plus take part in a Pollinator Habitat Survey with biodiversity specialist Andrea Ku.
  • 12pm Foraging walk
  • 1pm Guided tour of the student art trail
  • 2pm Foraging walk

Booking for the foraging walks on 2 March via Eventbrite is a must. Walk-ups slots MAY be available on the day if people who have booked don’t attend and will be offered on a ‘first come first served’ basis to a maximum capacity of 25 people for the walk.

How to book

Feel free to turn up on the day, although places are limited to 25. To guarantee your place and make sure you are kept in the loop with updates such as rescheduling, it’s best to book for free on Eventbrite. You can find all the walks in one handy collection at bit.ly/KCNRWalks

Notes

Do you have something you’d like to share with Anna about the canal, the plants or animals that live there? Get in touch at a.m.francis@staffs.ac.uk

Send us an email to askus@appetite.org.uk if you’d like updates and future walks sent straight to your inbox!

  • Make sure to wear warm, preferably waterproof clothes and shoes!
  • Walks may need to be rescheduled where weather is bad or conditions become too slippery due to frost.
  • Walks along the often uneven towpath may not be suitable for everyone, including people with low vision or limited mobility, particularly in wet or frosty weather
  • Please let us know of any access requirements at least on week in advance via email askus@appetite.org.uk.

About the project

Kidsgrove Canal Nature Recovery is a partnership project by Appetite and Canal & River Trust. Appetite are supported by Go Kidsgrove to deliver projects in Kidsgrove.

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Anna Francis is an artist and researcher whose work promotes discussions about the spaces where we live through art. She is co-director of The Portland Inn Project.

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Date & Time

Sunday 10 December | Saturday 13 January | Saturday 3 February | Saturday 2 March

Venue

Trent and Mersey Canal at Kidsgrove

Address

Meet at the lodge at the northern entrance to Harecastle Tunnel

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