Wellesley Woodlands Festival

Despite the weather deciding to throw us a last minute curveball, we still went ahead with the Festival, bringing it inside to the Smith Dorrien – a building which has been beautifully restored as part of the redevelopment of Aldershot.

Smith Dorrien

Smith Dorrien

Inside were a host of tables with activities that included face painting, woodland tree decorations, the Fleet Beekeepers, and Owl Pellet dissection.

Arm Painting!

Arm Painting!

Decorating in progress

Decorating in progress

 

Is that a shark?

Is that a shark?

There was also some tasty Nepalese food on offer to keep us going until the names of the children who had won the Community Competition were announced.  Nick Speakman, our Chainsaw Carver, then unveiled the sculptures and talked about the work that had gone into making them.

The runners up in the competition

The runners up in the competition

 

Nick talking about the sculptures

Nick talking about the sculptures

All in all a good day, with many people turning up despite the change in venue.  Keep an eye out in the Woodlands for the sculptures.  There are a few up already.  Have you seen them?

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About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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