Successful Open Day for Westcombe Woodlands!

Sunday, 4th October 2015 saw the official and formal opening of the Woodlands to the public. After some 4 years in the making, we saw blue skies and glorious sunshine greet some 350 people through our gate.

The opening ceremony was presided over by the newly elected MP for Greenwich & Woolwich, Matthew Pennycook.

The photos below show Matthew cutting the ribbon at the new entrance to woodland with the ceremonial garden shears after delivering a welcoming speech to the crowd. The next photo shows people heading in to the woodland.

Matthew Pennycook MP declares the woodland open!

Matthew Pennycook MP declares the woodland open!

Members of the public walking towards The Glade area after the opening ceremony.

Members of the public walking towards The Glade area after the opening ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the people who attended the open day have never experienced at first-hand the inside of the woodland, so this was a great achievement for all the committee members and volunteers’ efforts over the years.

People looking around The Glade area.

People looking around The Glade area.

People looking at the information boards.

People looking at the information boards.

Chairman Tim Barnes taking part in the woodland activities.

Chairman Tim Barnes taking part in the woodland activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above photos show the area known as The Glade with people looking around this area and looking at the information boards and taking part in some of the activities that were put on through the day.

Below is a photo of the refreshment stand which had drinks and refreshments for sale including cakes made by committee member Don Albrecht’s children. Donations taken on the day amounted to an incredible £175! Finally, we have the The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Councillor Norman Adams standing at the new entrance and another of him with the public in The Glade area.

Cakes and drinks being sold on the refreshment stall

Cakes and drinks being sold on the refreshment stall

Mayor of Greenwich in The Glade area

Mayor of Greenwich in The Glade area

Mayor of Greenwich standing at the new woodland gate entrance

Mayor of Greenwich standing at the new woodland gate entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day was a resounding success, generating much interest with new members eager to join in next year’s activities. It’s hoped we will be able to undertake another open day in the Summer of 2016.

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