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THERE are loads of ways to get stuck in, get your hands dirty or get crafty with the National Trust this half-term.

There are 100,000 snowdrops to be planted at Wallington in Northumberland. They will form part of a winter trail which will become a stunning seasonal attraction for 2016.

The conservation charity needs everyone's help to get this mammoth task done - and it's a great way to get the kids outdoors this half-term and learn a bit about gardening too.

Julie Thomson, events and marketing manager at Wallington, said: "We're saying to people Wallington isn't ours, it's yours. Come and help us to create a beautiful winter garden that we hope will encourage people to visit in one of our quieter months. It's only through your support that we're able to look after Wallington for the nation."

More inspiration for things to do over half-term can be found on the National Trust's list of "50 things to do before you're 113/4" - www.50things.org.uk - which includes den building, rolling down a big hill, climbing a tree, playing pooh sticks ... things you can do at National Trust places all over the North East.

Many have specific activities programmed for half-term. At Souter Lighthouse and The Leas in South Tyneside you can make bird boxes to take home, and at Cragside you can go bird watching and plant some broad beans. There's stargazing at Allen Banks in the Tyne Valley and daily activities at Gibside in the Derwent Valley.

You can learn bushcraft skills up on the Northumberland coast and have outdoor adventures at Cherryburn near Stocksfield. Full information on all half-term activities can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/northeast.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Feb 14, 2015
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