We held our Spring Open day on Sunday 23rd April. A big thank you to everyone that came along – despite the not-very-promising weather forecast it was a great success! The event raised over £500 for the Trust, and it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the Wood and the activities.
Our thanks to Jono Forgham for entertaining many people (young and old!) with pond dipping, bug hunting and owl pellet dissection.
Thank you also to the East Herts Wood Turners for their beautiful work, interesting demonstrations and for making many, many wands – they make it look easy, but it really isn’t!
The ‘Guess the weight of the log’ competition was very popular, and it seems quite fitting that the winner was our long-term volunteer, John Airey, who guessed the weight to within 10 grams, winning himself a beautiful turned pen.
The stone painting table was very busy, with lots of children getting creative. Our orienteering activity was also popular, with children using a map to follow a choice of two routes around the wood and discover some of the beautiful plants that grow here, including the bluebells which are looking splendid.
All of this was clearly thirsty and hungry work as five gallons of tea and coffee were drunk and 50 fairy cakes were consumed, as well as other biscuits and snacks!
All that remains to be said is thank you to the Birchanger Wood Trust volunteers who helped to make the day such a success. If you would like to get involved, we are always keen to hear from new volunteers – to find out more, please get in touch. Our next open day will be in late summer, date to be confirmed – watch this space!