Saturday, July 28, 2012

Not the Redbridge Olympics

Well, we are informed that the new East London Olympic Travel guide book excludes Redbridge. I suppose they could be thinking that Redbridge is in Essex and indeed most of it does have Essex postcodes. Wansteadium, which has a London postcode, is annoyed and quite rightly so, has initiated its very own 2012 challenge. Well, we’ve already done Wanstead Parklands so here we take a stroll through the events of The Redbridge Nature Alternative Olympiad.

Family Events

Thursday 2 August
Claybury Woods Sculpture Trail Workshop
An event for the family to take part in discovering the sculpture trail and the many new editions installed this year. The practical workshop, led by artist Caren Hartley, will go along the theme ‘Making reflections in Claybury Woods’ for some hands on arts and crafts activity, making metallic shiny items such as textured mirrors and medals.
12pm – 4pm
Meet at: Claybury Park, entrance on Tomswood Hill opposite Wannock Gardens

Wednesday 8 August
Nature Detectives
Join the rangers for an afternoon at Claybury Woods and learn how to become nature detectives.
£3 per child. Booking essential as places are limited.

Tuesday 14 August
Family Friendly Volunteer Day- Outdoor Classroom Creation
Come to help add the finishing touches to our outdoor classroom. There will be tasks for all ages (any under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).
Meet at: James Leal Centre, Ray Park

Wednesday 22 August
Meet the Animals
Come and learn about the animals that live at the James Leal Centre in Ray Park, including European green toads and a crested gecko. You may also get the chance to hold some of these exciting creatures.
£3 per child. Booking essential as places are limited.

Friday 24 August
Family Biodiversity Drop in Day at Valentines Park
run by Epping Forest Field Centre
An afternoon of action packed fun. Outdoor activities include a tree trail, minibeast hunt and bird spotting
Free of charge but places must be reserved by phoning the Field Centre on
020 8502 8500

Tuesday 28 August
Family Friendly Volunteer Day- Hainault Forest Wildlife Garden
Come and help the nature conservation rangers and volunteers tend to and nurture the wildlife garden next to Foxburrows Farm.
Meet at: Foxburrows Farm entrance, Hainault Forest Country Park, IG7 4QN

Guided Walk

Saturday 1 September
Gall and Woodland Walk
Join local naturalist Brian Ecott for a gentle stroll around Claybury Woods. He’ll give you a fascinating insight into galls – what they are and where to find them.
Meet at: Claybury Park entrance on Roding Lane North, opposite Vicarage Lane.

For more details contact the Redbridge Nature Conservation Team on Tel: 020 8559 2316 email:

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