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 print with, draw round and make marks with. At Toddler’s Cove, the numbers were more manageable but we still had 25 children making art inspired by the riverside setting. A smaller group took a walk around the nature reserve at Hothfield Heathlands, gathering ideas and materials before working outdoors on finished pieces.

WILDSCAPE was picture perfect

The weather gods smiled on us for both days of the Wildscape launch event. Just over a hundred people took part in the activities, walks and workshops, exploring sites, making art and taking some stunning photos.

Toddler’s Cove was full of families enjoying the sun on Sunday May 5th, and we had lots of takers for the Nature Photography Treasure Hunt through Whitehall Meadow and Hambrook Marshes. On Bingley’s Island participants in the painting workshop were busily creating some beautiful images of this secluded greenspace. Lord Mayor Robert Waters and the Lady Mayoress helped us mark the launch of the project and took part in the Countryside Snapshot at 3pm. People on guided walks at Dering Wood, Jumping Downs and the Heaths Countryside Corridor also took part in this synchronised photograph.

The next day the sun was back hotter than ever at Singleton Environment Centre. Local children enjoyed the nature trail set up by volunteers from the Ashford Community Woodland, then got stuck into creating colourful monoprints. The photography workshop was very popular and everyone came away with lots of technical tips and great images. Walkers at Blean Woods National Nature Reserve and Larkey Valley Woods enjoyed lovely shows of spring wild flowers.

Here are just some of the images from the day:

Wild Sites is go!!!

At last it’s here…This weekend sees the launch of the Wild Sites on Your Doorstep project and YOU are invited!

Our launch event is called WILDSCAPE – it’s a two day festival of activities and guided walks, on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May.

There’s lots going on – a Nature Photo Treasure Hunt at Whitehall Meadow, Canterbury, Childrens Art Activities at Singleton Environment Centre, Ashford, guided walks at six different nature reserves and creative workshops as well.

And don’t forget the Countryside Snapshot, a unique synchronised photo happening at all events at 3pm on Sunday.

See our activities page for full details

There are still place available on the Landscape Painting Workshop in Canterbury on Sunday – call us on 0300 333 6490 (local rate) to book a place.