Popular open day celebrates 30 years

Friday 22nd April 2016

Tiddesley volunteers Bob Gillmor, Harry Green, Jayne Bache (c) Wendy CarterTiddesley volunteers Bob Gillmor, Harry Green, Jayne Bache (c) Wendy Carter

Getting close-up with insects and nose to petal with bluebells is on the cards as volunteers from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust celebrate 30 years of a popular open day at a Pershore nature reserve.

Tiddesley Wood Open Day 1986 (c) Harry GreenA spring open day, timed to coincide with carpets of spring flowers, has been held at Tiddesley Wood since 1986. The event is organised and run by a group of volunteers from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, owners of the nature reserve.

Harry Green, chairman of the SE Worcestershire group responsible for the event, explained “This is a fantastic spring event that’s well worth the hard work that goes into organising it!

“We’ve got bigger and bigger – some of us still remember the very first one when we had just a few hundred visitors; now we regularly get over 1000 visitors during the day.

“We’ve got a really packed event for our 30th anniversary including the return of our Wildlife Discovery Zone, guided walks, craft stalls, woodland crafts, live music and delicious food.”

Craftworkers in a woodland glade

The event takes place in a marquee and through a woodland glade. More than 60 stallholders offer everything from wildlife paintings and glassware to plants and preserves.

Tiddesley Wood Wildlife Discovery Zone 2015 (c) Wendy CarterAs well as craftspeople and the demonstration of traditional crafts, there will also be information stalls from local wildlife charities.

Experts will also be on hand to answer wildlife queries and to lead free guided walks around the 180 acre woodland, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The event is fun for all the family and Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s education team will be running family activities throughout the day including a trail through the woodland, a game of wildlife whiffs and making woodland faces from clay.

In the Wildlife Discovery Zone there will be the opportunity to get up close and personal with insects, discover more about our vital pollinators, learn about butterflies, explore the world of the Vale’s orchards and rocks and find out more about Pershore’s Avon Meadows.

Tiddesley volunteers in bluebells (c) Wendy CarterHarry continued “I can’t quite believe it’s been 30 years since our first open day but it’s great that it’s grown into such a popular event.

“The day provides a great opportunity to come along to this beautiful woodland and see it in its springtime splendour. It’s an enjoyable day out for all the family.”

The event takes place between 10am and 5pm on Sunday 1st May and costs £3 for adults and £1 for children. The reserve is half a mile along the Besford/ Croome road from the B4084 Pershore-Worcester main road (postcode for sat navs is WR10 2AD). There is plenty of free on-site parking. Stout shoes or wellies are advised if the weather is wet. For more information visit www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk.

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