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Bluebell walk is back in memory of Farmer John

Solihull Editorial 1st May, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

THE SPECTACULAR Wootton Wawen Bluebell Walk is back this Bank Holiday weekend after a two year break following the death of its organiser farmer John Haimes.

For the last 25 years Mr Haimes and his son Simon raised thousands of pounds for a variety of charities by opening up Austy Woods to the public for people to enjoy the stunning sea of bluebells.

But the annual walk has not been held for the last two years following Mr Haimes’ death in April 2012.

Now, however, the family are preparing to open up the woods again in honour and memory of ‘Farmer John’.

They will be raising money for the Home Farm Trust which helps people with learning difficulties and also for the local First Responsders who attempted to save John the day he died.

“The family are pulling together in order for the bluebell walk to continue in true Haimes tradition in memory of dad,” said daughter Jo.

The bluebell walk is not guided and people can turn up anytime between 10am and 4pm and folllow a trail – roughly two miles long – through the woods which offer one of the largest areas of bluebells in Warwickshire.

A hog roast and refreshments will be available throughout the day back at yew Tree Farm Craft Centre where there is also a variety of shops and boutiques to browse around.

The bluebell walk takes place on Sunday (May 4) and Monday (May 5).

Entry is £5 for adults while children and dogs (on a lead) go free.

Yew Tree Farm can be found just off the Stratford Road in Wootton Wawen between Henley and Stratford.

The bluebell walk will be signposted.

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