End of Wild Sites events

End of Wild Sites events

Following two years of sucessful events, the Wild Sites activity programme is now at an end. Our final activity took place at Ashford Warren on October 31st, where we worked with KCC Children’s Centres in Ashford on a childrens outdoor art event. We would like to thank everyone who delivered, supported and took part in the programme, with a special...

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Summer fun

Summer fun

Fending off summer holiday boredom, well over 80 children took part in three art workshops we ran in August. In Victoria Park, Ashford, a picnic and good weather drew the crowds and artists Jane Sandoe and Kate Emans were certainly kept busy, helping youngsters to create pictures using a wax resist technique and using leaves and other natural materials to...

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Suburban demoiselles

Suburban demoiselles

Buxford Meadow, on the outskirts of Ashford, epitomises what the Wild Sites project is all about. This small, wildlife-rich site in the suburb of Singleton, really is nature on the doorstep – an urban wildlife gem a short walk from a population of thousands. It’s this Local Nature Reserve’s combination of habitats that makes it so abundant in plants, insects, birds...

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Shaped by man

Shaped by man

In the countryside near Lenham Heath are two Wild Sites that demonstrate perhaps better than any other how man’s activities can both blight and benefit the landscape. They were the venues for our photography workshop on July 21st. Chilston Pines and Ponds is a fragment of a larger parkland – very much an ornamential, man-made landscape – cut through and...

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Second time lucky at East Blean

Second time lucky at East Blean

The late spring and slow start to summer has affected so many wild species this year, and butterflies are no exception. Cool, cloudy weather and the late emergence of the heath fritillary butterfly led to us postponing a photography workshop focusing on this species. The event went ahead on Sunday, June 30th and, although numbers were down on what we...

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If you go down to the woods…

If you go down to the woods…

Despite less than perfect weather, our ARTROOTS event in June was a really enjoyable and different (in a good way!) experience. Working together with staff from Poulton Woodworks, we created an experimental, day-long art workshop, using natural materials to make pigments and drawing instruments, then working outdoors on quite a large scale with non-conventional techniques. Jax Tanner of Poulton Woodworks...

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From the Highlands to Hambrook

From the Highlands to Hambrook

 They may be a little bit out of place in the Stour Valley but the highland cattle at Hambrook Marshes have probably never had so much attention as they got at our photography workshop on June 16th. A group of 19 peolple, many of whom were members of the Friends of Hambrook Marshes group, joined our tutor Terry Whittaker for a...

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Creative fruits of Turner’s Orchard

Creative fruits of Turner’s Orchard

June 15th saw the first of two Wild Sites workshops for community art groups in Littlebourne near Canterbury. First it was the turn of the adults, who met at the appropriately named Turner’s Orchard for a morning of landscape painting in watercolour. The great JMW would have been proud of them, painting ‘en plein air’ despite some early rain showers. We...

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