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DOWN YOUR WAY... sponsored by Environment Agency.

PARK NATURE DAY FUN

FAMILIES are invited to a special nature event to learn about birds.

Home For Birds will take place at Benwell Nature Park, on Atkinson Road, Newcastle, on January 24 from 1.30pm to 3pm. Children will be able to make their own bird boxes to take home and keep in their garden.

People are advised to wear old clothes. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Numbers are limited. Call (0191) 273 2983 to book a place.

SOWING THE SEED

AN ORGANIC gardening association is holding an event to give green-fingered people ideas.

The Potato Days, organised by Durham Organic Gardeners' Association, will feature 25 varieties of seed potatoes and advice on all aspects of organic growing.

It will be held at Nature's World, signposted from the A19/A174 junction, from 10am to 2pm on January 25, and Bowburn Community Centre, off the A1(M), junction 61, towards Durham, on January 31, from 10am to 2pm. For more details call (0191) 386 3616 or (01740) 621 504, or visit www.doga.org.uk.

RECYCLING CAMPAIGN

AS SCHOOLS return following the festive break, Oxfam and the UK Youth Parliament are joining forces to encourage young people to set up recycling collections. Students from across our region are being urged to think before throwing away their old iPods, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets.

Two-thirds of young people surveyed by Oxfam do not know that their old iPods, digital cameras and BlackBerrys can be recycled. One in five young people surveyed has thrown an unwanted gadget in the bin in the past. More than half the young people surveyed said they would donate their gadgets to a recycling scheme run by a charity in the future.

The initiative is part of the Don't Get Rid - Get Recycling campaign and aims to get 1,000 schools signed up in the coming months.

WILDLIFE GROUP CHAT

FAMILIES can learn about a conservation project on their doorstep.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Gateshead Wildlife Group is holding an illustrated talk about the Blaydon Burn Project. Project manager Lee Rankin will give the talk on January 13, from 7.15pm, at St Helen's Church Hall, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell. For more details call (0191)488 3597.

FEATHERED FRIENDS

BIRDS need a helping hand from families this winter. People can go along to Saltwell Park, Gateshead, on January 17 to help make bird cakes for our feathered friends.

The event runs from midday to 2.30pm and costs pounds 1. For details call (0191) 433 5918 or e-mail kellyanderson@gateshead.gov.uk.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2009
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