As many of our leaders will confirm Hadlow has changed over the years from just an overgrown empty field to the beautiful site we have today.
The first signs of it becoming a campsite was the appearance of campsite shelters and a container of flush loos, both later replaced with new shelters and a brick toilet block.
Trees were planted and by now we had 6 designated campsites. In more recent years The Gate House arrived to provide a fantastic new home for Girlguiding Wirral Essentials, wardens accommodation and training room. In 2019 we planted over 40 new trees across the site to recognise 40years of owning Hadlow Fields with the new trees being kindly sponsored by leaders and units from Wirral. The trees are growing strongly in 2020 and we have continued to add to them with further planting. We’ve also been adding to our on site diversity with the maintenance of and additions to our edible hedgerows across the site.
An Adventure Playground was added for our younger members at the top of the site and in 2010 we added new sections to it to mark our Centenary and then again last year it had a major overhaul. Although the site remains closed our grounds maintenance team have ensured it’s being kept in tiptop condition.
2010 was a busy year at the site when Girlguiding Wirral was the winner of the Vauxhall Griffin Award which enabled us to buy our Festy & Soul Pad Tipis and create the Tipi Time activity pack. To mark the 10 year anniversary in 2020 we had planned to re-launch the activity pack with a brand new badge and resources but don’t worry it’s all ready to go in 2021!
We also added in 2010 to our on site activities with Archery, Mountain Bikes and our 23m Traversing Wall!
So what’s next at Hadlow????
We’ll be sharing this in our next edition of Tales of Hadlow.