Gallery: Merefest features a Bogwatch broadcast

Thousands of people flocked to a festival which celebrates one of the most beautiful parts of Shropshire’s landscape.

Gallery: Merefest features a Bogwatch broadcast

Shropshire Paddlesport Local Community Canoe & Kayak Club took to the water as part of this year’s Merefest

The fourth annual festival in Ellesmere, called Merefest, celebrates the Meres and Mosses area, which holds a group of wetlands created during the last Ice Age.

The event took place at Cremorne Gardens next to the Mere and featured live music, a literary tent and stalls.

This year’s Merefest, which was held on Saturday, was also the base for the first ever live stream of Bogwatch.

The six-hour show was produced by Wem-based Media Active and has been made possible due to a donation from Clarkes Solicitors in Shrewsbury.

Based on the popular BBC show Springwatch, Bogwatch featured interviews with farmers, wildlife experts and local historians.

Visitors also got to enjoy displays from birds of prey, pond dipping, and canoeing on the Mere.

Meanwhile, novelists, poets and storytellers entertained visitors in the literature tent at the event.

Among the guests were Kate Long, best-selling author of The Bad Mother’s Handbook, Jake Evans, young storyteller of the year 2014, and Nick Pearson, a prize-shortlisted poet.

The literary tent had been organised by Simon Fletcher, in conjunction with the Friends of Ellesmere Library.

John Shone, chairman of the friends group, said the day had proved a huge hit with the public.

He said: “It was a superb day. The weather held out wonderfully and I think that helped to bring in a large crowd, and from our point of view we had a great response. It was standing room only for some of the things we had.

“We had some children’s story time sessions with a chap called Jake Evans, who is an award winning story teller from Wem and they were fantastic.”

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