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.
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.
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.
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.