by Ben Johnston

I arrived at Linlithgow Loch with complete strangers. I did not know anyone but as the day went on I met new people and shared these experiences with them (the name game helped!). We were met by one of the national trust rangers; Matt talked us through what we were going to do for the day. This consisted of clearing certain areas of woodland to make them more accessible for the public to enjoy and if we had time to do a litter pick of the area. We managed to achieve clearing part of the woodland but left the litter picking for another day, with the supply of the brambles and the chocolate digestives we worked hard throughout the day.

At the end of the day we were rewarded with being able to tour Linlithgow palace with someone in my group determined to play hide and seek there (not naming anyone!). The day ended with everybody having a good day and I learnt a valuable lesson that elderberries are edible!

Thanks Green Team and everyone that took part in that great day especially the ranger who was very helpful.