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After the long dark nights of the winter, the longer days of spring are finally here. It is an exciting time and everything around us in nature is changing. Many animals are coming out of hibernation and getting their summer bodies ready! The leaves appear on the trees, the grass grows green, flowers begin to bloom, and many animals are taking care of their newborn offspring.

It’s getting busier in the office too, clients are looking to spend their new budgets on new staff. On my team, this means gardeners, grass cutters, landscapers and more. It is the time to start a fresh new, you are not the only one clearing out and doing a spring clean. Local authorities are at it too, with litter pickers, streetcleaners and even those that clean the loo. Everyone is getting out more to enjoy the wonderful nature around us.

I feel I am so lucky living and working around Preston, there is so much countryside on our doorstep. If wildlife is your forte, then the brilliant Brockholes nature reserve is the place to go. It has over 250 acres of walking trails, woodland and even an adventure playground to explore for kids and adults alike. Do you want to know the good news though? It is free to enter and well worth a morning or afternoon out!

I think one of the most beautiful places in spring to explore is the Forest of Bowland it is a sprawling, scenic wilderness featuring forests, hills and moorland. There area trails galore and the area is a hub of activity for cyclists, walkers and bikers alike. If you prefer to enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your car, the drive from Clitheroe up through the forest to Lancaster is highly recommended. If you want to combine a bit of history, you could visit Clitheroe Castle and Lancaster Castle in between the drive. The guided tours at Lancaster are well worth it!

 If you feel like getting close up to a few animals Bowland Wild Boar Park is perfect for a morning or afternoon out for children and adults alike. It celebrates its 20th year this summer so I am sure there are going to be some special surprises. The tractor ride is fantastic; I’d highly recommend having a go.

Of course you don’t need to go very far at all to enjoy the amazing Avenham and Miller Parks, they are right in the centre of the city and are always a hive of activity. My favourite area to relax is the Japanese Rock garden because it is so different to the rest of the park and always emanates a sense of calm. The parks are perfect for a lovely stroll and is often to go to place on my lunch break, as the weather gets better.

I couldn’t mention spring without mentioning marathon season. Thousands of people, myself included, are deep into training for the big day. It has been a tough old winter of training but keep going – the end is in sight and good luck!

 What are your favourite things about Spring? I would love to know so please get in touch.
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