Award-winning Farm Shop and Restaurant has forged a tasty partnership with Worcestershire and Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trusts to produce a mouth-watering guide for picnickers this summer.
The Perfect Picnic Guide, which aims to help people make the most of the Great British outdoors, is available online and has been prepared as families across the region head off for an alfresco dining experience.
Calling on the both expertise of the Wildlife Trusts and the food knowledge of Farm, the guide contains all the information needed to ensure an enjoyable picnic. Amongst the tips are: how to prepare your picnic site, what to pack and details of a special app to identify various flora and fauna.
Adrian Beckett, of Farm, said: “The people of Birmingham and surrounding towns and villages have easy access to some stunning outdoor locations, such as , the Hills, Sandwell Valley and Sutton Park - the opportunities to get out and about for a picnic are endless.
“Working with the brilliant folk at the local Wildlife Trusts, we’ve put together this picnic guide, which is packed with hints and tips, to help people make the most of the beautiful scenery and fantastic weather we’re having this summer.
“The guide is light-hearted but has a serious message in that we want people to have a great picnic but stay safe and respect the natural world. And ultimately, when you’ve been out for a picnic, we would love to see the pictures on Facebook.”
Wendy Carter, of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, added: “There are some amazing sites both within and beyond Birmingham where people have the chance to witness some of nature’s most amazing spectacles. Otters are now found on all Worcestershire’s rivers and many canals in Birmingham and the Black Country, for example, and although it’s not guaranteed you’ll see one, it’s always great to think you might! And, if the summer stays sunny and warm, colourful butterflies and bees will be easily spotted feeding on flowers in woodlands, fields and parklands.
“Enjoying these sights, whilst relaxing with friends and loved ones over a well-prepared picnic, is sure to be one of the highlights of a memorable summer. We hope people find the guide useful and are inspired to venture outdoors to experience some of the wildlife on our doorsteps.”
Joe Peacock, of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, added: “The urban area is full of amazing places to see wildlife and where you can get away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy some quality time with your family. Swapping the sofa and TV for picnic blankets and the great outdoors can improve the dining experience no end if you’re well prepared, so we’d recommend it to anyone.”
To view the Farm Shop and Restaurant and Worcestershire and Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trusts’ Perfect Picnic Guide simply visit http://www.beckettsfarm.co.uk/special-events/perfect-picnic-guide.