A Nottingham primary school teacher and Lady Bay resident has created and shared a treasure hunt with the aim of getting people to visit local businesses and raise funds for the nearby nature reserve.
James Payne, a teacher at Netherfield Primary School, designed the treasure hunt originally for the benefit of a group of friends. The hunt started at the Poppy and Pint pub and took teams around the Lady Bay area where clues had to be solved. Answers could be found dotted around this area of West Bridgford, as well as on The Hook – a much-loved nature reserve that is close to the hearts of Lady Bay residents.
However, Mr Payne felt that this treasure hunt could be put to even better use for the benefit of local families and businesses, particularly during the summer holidays. As a result, the treasure hunt has since been shared on the local Lady Bay Local Facebook page for free public use. Mr Payne provided the following message along with the document:
“This treasure hunt will take you around local businesses, homes and The Hook. Please be respectful while taking part and respect private property.
“While looking around the local businesses, please take time to have a break and stop by one for a drink or pick up some waste-free food!
“And finally, a good portion of the trail will take place on The Hook. Please leave it in a better state than you found it by respecting the wildlife, habitats and enjoying everything it has to offer.”
The post has gained plenty of positive attention on Facebook, with many people liking, commenting and sharing it.
The next treasure hunt is already in the planning stages and the hope is to attract local businesses to play their part and encourage visitors to the area, whilst raising funds from participants/sponsors that will go towards maintaining The Hook. James explained why the local nature reserve needs support:
“The Hook is not only a great facility for the community of Lady Bay and the surrounding area but it is also great for bio-diversity. My hope is that the more people explore Lady Bay and the amazing outdoor spaces it offers, more people will become aware of the great role it plays in protecting our local wildlife such as water voles and other species of conservational concern.”
Future progress of the treasure hunt fundraising campaign will be shared in due course. In the meantime, keep an eye out on the great work of the Friends of the Hook at www.friendsofthehook.org.uk