We were thrown into Outdoor First Aid training on our first day, after a long ride to Doncaster pumping the van with seventies tunes and flasks of steaming coffee. This two-day training was a full-on 9-5 schedule of interactive play-acting and important theoretical knowledge, covering everything from the Heimlich manoeuvre to dusty eyes. Brian, the session-leader, blasted our brains with brave behaviours during these days, and we were able to intermingle with our fellow TNLs across the Yorkshire globe. A lovely life-saving ice-breaker to kick start a year of discovery within the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust!
Being part of the team from Appleton Mill Farm is a real treat. Set in a lush wooded valley, the farm’s mile-long driveway is well worth the wonder. Our Monday farm-days are an opportunity to explore a world far removed from the blaring lights and contaminated air of the bustling rustling society we live in. We learn the rituals our farm-hands perform to support the livestock and other bits and bobs, such as the life-cycle of a hay-bale. Growing up in a town leaves me constantly amazed by the beautiful contrast of this farm-life; I have found the beauty in brushing the back of a cow, watching its hairs line up like flowing waterfalls, and the excitement in leading the cows from the fields into the barn, shouting a ‘Come oooon’ in response to the great beasts’ guttural moo.