Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee Beacon: Guided Walk at Coton Countryside Reserve

Nick Beale - CambridgePPF Ranger tests the beacon

Monday 4  June – 9.30pm to 10.30pm

Join the Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF) team as they light a beacon on Red Meadow Hill at the Coton Countryside Reserve in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The beacon – handcrafted by one of the charity’s rangers – is one of thousands being lit around the country and is listed on the Jubilee Beacons website. Bring a torch and / or lantern and explore the reserve at night together with the Rangers. The walk to the top of the hillstarts at 9:30pm – meet at Martin Car Park off Grantchester Road (1mile south of Coton).

Commenting Carolin Göhler, CEO of CambridgePPF, said: “When we heard about plans to create a national network of Jubilee Beacons we immediately wanted to be involved. It’s a fantastic way to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s sixty year reign – and it also gives us the chance to quite literally shine a light on the work we are doing at Coton Countryside Reserve. Most people associate us with Wandlebury but we are also very busy to the west of Cambridge – where we have created a public green space for local people to enjoy. Coton Countryside Reserve is a great place to explore. Offering views to the city it’s the perfect spot for a beacon. One of our rangers recently went on a welding course and our beacon is one of the first things he has produced, so we hope lots of people will join us on the night to see his handiwork and celebrate all things British in the great outdoors.”

NB: This is a free event but donations to support the upkeep of the reserve are appreciated. Attendees are advised to wear sturdy footwear and dress according to the weather.

Meet at: Martin Car Park, off Grantchester Road in Coton CB23 7PZ

For more information: / 01223 243830


We had a fantastic time - despite earlier rain - 
sunset colours welcomed the rising moon!

Sunset welcomes all Beacon enthusiasts

Moonlight is guiding the way up the hill

Jubilee Beacon and moonlight

Lantern with Union Jack tethered to gate - NOTE:  this one uses only string and thin willow struts thus not damaging to wildlife!

Further pictures can be seen at:

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