Tiddesley Wood Open Day - 30th April
Tuesday 18th April 2017
Tiddesley Wood Open Day (c) Wendy Carter
Worcestershire artist Shelly Perkins will be taking pride of place at a popular woodland open day this year.
Tiddesley Wood Open Day, now in its 31st year, hosts artists, craftspeople and demonstrations as well as information stalls and guided walks. The event is organised by a volunteer group from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, owner of the woodland nature reserve.
Harry Green, chairman of the group, explained “We’re delighted to be welcoming Shelly to this year’s Open Day and she’ll be right in the middle of our popular Wildlife Discovery Zone.
“Her work is inspired by the natural world and she has a very different way of working to most artists that I’ve seen – it will be a thrill to watch how she transfers her hand-drawn sketches and paintings to a computer to work on them further to complete each piece.
“Of course, she’ll be joined by more than 60 craftworkers, demonstrators and information stands in our marquee and woodland glade.”
Shelly, based in the Teme Valley, specialises in digital collage and regularly produces work for BBC Wildlife magazine and has recently been Artist in Residence on board the HMS Protector in Antarctica thanks to Bonhams, Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute and The Royal Navy.
Heavy horse demonstration
Tiddesley Wood Open Day often attracts more than 1000 visitors who enjoy the live music, guided walks, family activities, woodland crafts and delicious food. From handmade cards to painted glass and plants to preserves, there’s something for everyone.
This year there will also be heavy horse demonstrations in the neighbouring orchard owned by the Vale Landscape Heritage Trust.
Visitors interested in the wood can go one of several guided walks that explore different aspects of the wood’s history and wildlife.
Several of the stalls, including Worcestershire Wildlife Trust themselves, will be running family activities throughout the day.
Nose-to-nose with wildlife
As well as Shelly Perkins demonstrating and selling her artwork, visitors to the Wildlife Discovery Zone will also have the opportunity to get nose-to-nose with mini-beasts, discover more about the Trust’s work to help pollinators and beneficial insects, learn about Worcestershire’s butterflies, explore the orchards of the Vale of Evesham and learn more about Pershore’s riverside Avon Meadows Community Nature Reserve.
Harry added “The Open Day is timed to coincide with carpets of spring flowers and we’ve crossed our fingers that we might have it just right this year.
“I’d like to thank the volunteers for all the hard work they put in to making the Open Day such a success. We very much look forward to it each year – it’s definitely worth the hard work!
“It’s a great day and the perfect opportunity for regular visitors to come along and find out more about the wood
“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 30th April and costs £3 for adults and £1 for children.
Tiddesley Wood nature 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.