CHILDREN are being encouraged to get closer to nature and explore the outdoors with a range of half term activities.

Starting today, Notcutts Oxford Garden Centre will be putting on a free wildlife trail around the garden centre where children can join the hunt for woodland characters like Harold the Hedgehog and Ruby the Robin.

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There is a sweet treat for every wildlife watcher who can find all the creatures and unscramble the hidden word at the end of the trail.

Notcutts, in Nuneham Courtenay, will also be holding free sessions where youngsters can meet the garden centre’s resident pets from Monday to Friday, at 11am and 3pm.

Jonathan Tew, general manager at Notcutts Oxford, said: “February is a great time of year to get outdoors, spend time in the garden and learn about nature.

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"This half-term, families can join in the fun at Notcutts where we’ve organised activities for little wildlife watchers and young explorers to enjoy."