Over two hundred people braved the hot weather to visit our Wolf Fields Open Day event on Saturday 21st July. Southall MP Virendra Sharma, Mayor of Ealing Tejinder Dhami, members of the public, friends of Wolf Fields and A Rocha UK staff joined in with a packed day of activities showcasing the urban reserve.
Activities included a drum workshop, a beehive demonstration from the Twickenham Bee Association, a nature trail quiz and creative activities including willow craft and wooden badge making. St Anselm’s Church Youth Group wowed the crowd with a dance routine and a street drama piece about the environment. We were regaled with some traditional songs lead by members of our local Sikh Gurdwara. Four children from Norwood Green Junior School also impressed with their storytelling on topics related to nature, making fantastic use of props and face paint to tell their stories.
There were several stalls, including a vegan stall which was manned by Amrit (a member of the Friends of Wolf Fields), who did a superb cooking demonstration of some simple vegan recipes. Refreshments were provided throughout the event, including samosas, biscuits and cold drinks—which went down well on such a hot, sunny day!
Visitors were treated to a guided tour of the site, helping them to really understand the work that is going on in this urban oasis and what they can expect to see us doing in the future. Many visitors from the local community couldn’t believe the “drastic” transformation from “a sad-looking and unattractive site”, to a beautiful space that allows the whole community to connect with nature.