At innocent, we always like to leave things a little better
than how we found them. We also like getting out in the fresh air and giving a
helping hand where we can. To celebrate our annual Foundation day this October, we
visited OWLS, the children’s nature charity,
to volunteer ourselves (and our ‘lifting things’ skills) and give a helping
hand with whatever tasks they had set for us for the day.
The OWLS camp is hidden in a magical wee woodland, about 20
minutes from Dublin city centre. OWLS' stands for Outdoor, Wildlife, Learning and Survival and
has been a life-long dream of founder Andrew 'Mouse' Fleming to offer families
and children the ability to enjoy and learn about nature and our environment. Working alongside Andrew (Mouse) are Clare (Turtle)
and Eoin (Hawk), who together, run a series of outdoor events and workshops
throughout the year for little ones and not-so-little ones too.
Split into several teams, we all set about
our tasks for the day. Our John, B & Eamon built a very impressive raised
bed for little ones to plant fruit & veg in. Our Tim, Brendan & Damian
managed to build a fence while others created a grassy picnic area and play
area for little ones to enjoy just outside the ‘secret garden’. We did good.
Mouse, Turtle and Hawk are always looking
for volunteers throughout the year to join them and give a helping hand so if
you fancy getting stuck in and getting involved, you can find out more info here.