Early Autumn Open Day – Saturday 1st October 2022

There were more than a few crossed fingers earlier this week as the weather forecast didn’t look too good for Saturday afternoon, but in the end, the rain stayed away, the sun popped in and out and it was unusually warm for the time of the year.   We got off to a quiet start, just a couple of visitors in the first 30 minutes, but then things got in to the usual stride and by 5 o’clock, some 70 or 80 or so people had come to visit the woodlands. 

Committee member Ruth Cracknell getting ready for the afternoon.
Committee members Ruth Cracknell and Chris Bates looking after the refreshment stand.

One of highlights is our own honey from the several beehives.  We were worried with the very hot and dry Summer a few weeks ago that this would reduce output, but in the end, our hives produced another large harvest.  On the day we sold 32 jars.  With the money from our refreshment stall, as well as 2 new members, our sales for the day was just over £300, a very impressive amount which all goes in to the maintenance of the woodland.  

Andrew Slade with this year’s honey harvest.

In the end, we still had lots of wonderful people, with a mix of regulars and first-timers.  The children had some very creative open-air time with craft making and talks, as well as the opportunity to meet members of the woodland committee and to meet neighbours too!

Children’s activities.
Children playing with committee member Rich Sylvester in the fesh air.

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