Bug hunts, hovels and bluebells

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Tiddesley Wood Open Day (c) Emily BrazierTiddesley Wood Open Day (c) Emily Brazier

The popular Tiddesley Wood Open Day returns for its 33rd year with a record-breaking number of stalls, an exhibition about the Vale’s historic hovels, more bug hunts than ever and carpets of bluebells.

The annual event is run entirely by volunteers to raise funds for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. The local charity owns the Tiddesley Wood nature reserve, on the outskirts of Pershore, which is home to rare butterflies, beetles and birds.

Harry Green, chairman of the volunteer group that organises the event, explained “This is always an exciting time of year for us and it won’t belong before we’re putting up our marquee and erecting more than 60 gazebos to house a range of craft workers and information stalls.

“It’s a great day out for young and old – enjoying live music in the woodland glade, shopping from local craftspeople and taking in the natural beauty of this ancient woodland.

“As well as raising important funds for the Trust, it’s also an opportunity for visitors to get up close and personal with some of the wood’s wildlife. This year we’ll be running a couple of extra bug hunts where we’ll bring back some of the insects to have a look at on a big screen before putting them back where we found them.

“We’re also delighted to be joined by staff from Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service who will be showcasing some of the information they’re discovering as part of the Market Gardening Heritage project. This really important project is focussing on sheds, known as hovels, that each market gardener constructed on their own patch; the project is recording the standing remains and gathering information about this important part of the Vale’s history.”

Tiddesley Wood bluebells (c) Paul LaneVisitors to the event will also see heavy horse demonstrations in the adjacent orchard owned by Vale Landscape Heritage Trust.

There will be live music, artists demonstrating and selling their work, weavers, woodworkers and homemade food.

The Trust will be running activities for families and people will get the chance to pledge some or all of their patch for wildlife, helping to turn Worcestershire green.

Visitors can wander around the Wildlife Discovery Zone where they can look down microscopes to see a whole different world of wildlife as well as discover more about some of the county’s amazing species.

Staff from Pershore College will be demonstrating the Picus Tomograph, a gadget that is used to assess rot inside trees as well as how to safely climb a tree to inspect its health.

Harry added “There really is something for everyone - whether you wish to relax and appreciate the wildflowers, chill out to the music with a piece of cake, buy something handmade or discover more about the beautiful woodland.

“It’s hard work for the volunteer team but really worth it – it’s such an enjoyable day with a great atmosphere. We do like to put our feet up afterwards, though.”

The event attracts more than 1000 visitors from across the county and beyond.

The event takes place between 10am and 5pm on Sunday 5th 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.  

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