Pictures: Pinewoods open day

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Families enjoyed stunning Harrogate sunshine at the Pinewoods Conservation Group Open Day on Saturday.

The free event entertained parents and young ones throughout the day, with attractions such as a fire engine and HACS digger on site.

tis  Anthony Smith of Owl Adventures with Bengal Eagle Owl "Ash" at the Pinewoods Conservation Society open day.  (130914M3)

tis Anthony Smith of Owl Adventures with Bengal Eagle Owl "Ash" at the Pinewoods Conservation Society open day. (130914M3)

Group Secretary Michelle Whitfield-Speed reported that between 300 and 400 people attended.

Michelle told the Harrogate Advertiser: “It was a well-attended show, a lot better attended than in previous years, so we were very pleased.

“We have a greater presence on Facebook and Twitter, so people may have heard about the event that way.”

The show offered visitors a number of stalls, as well as a static and flying owl display, tree climbing and a reptile display. Youngsters were able to have their faces painted, as well as make badges and enjoy a bouncy castle.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service provided the fire engine, and the Yorkshire Rotters and Harrogate District Bio Diversity Action group were in attendance.

The aim of the free event is to raise awareness of the group’s work, and to attract new members.

Michelle explained: “We want more members, and two signed up on the day. We have had another join since the event.

“We want people to show an interest in what we are trying to do.

“We can increase membership and raise awareness of what we do at the show.”

Display boards showing what the group has done over the year were on show, including details of recent balsam bashing events, and the group’s plans for the year ahead.

The group is already looking ahead to next year’s event.

Michelle said: “We have started planning for 2014.We will get attractions booked as soon as we can, and organise new ones as well.”

The event was sponsored by Audi Harrogate.