By Rosalyn Roden

HUNDREDS of families turned out in honour of the environment as Bury's Go Wild event marked 20 years.

Children were busy making their own bird boxes, gawking at exotic animals and pond dipping among other activities led by organisers Hollins Conservation group.

The free hands-on event in Hollins Village aims to encourage children to engage with the environment and wildlife.

Visitors to Hollins Community Centre witnessed a bird of prey display, and took part in woodland crafts, face painting, willow weaving and fishing.

Pimhole Community Farm also brought two donkeys, two sheep and a pygmy goat along for a petting zoo.

Louise Daveron of Hollins Conservation Group said: "This year was extra special because of funding from The Big Lottery Celebration Fund.

"Thanks to all the volunteers for their help on the day, who, after packing up, rounded the day off with a well-earned drink in the Hollins Bush pub."

The Mayor of Bury Cllr Dorothy Gunther was in attendance at the event on Sunday, September 24, to present a £25 voucher to pupils from Hollins Grundy school who had won art and photography competitions.

The Dogs Trust also provided a stand based on teaching children how to be safe around dogs.