Nature project ‘is a huge success’

Published on: 14 Aug 2015

Ed Drewitt with children taking part in Wildwood Natural Neighbours

A £10,000 environmental community project in Mangotsfield has been hailed as ‘a huge success’ by schools and the local authority.
More than 100 residents of all ages have taken part in the Wildwood Natural Neighbours programme, led by artist Penney Ellis.
Jessica Rammell, a teacher at Barley Close Primary, said: “It has been really beneficial to our children as it has enabled our school to become involved with Cotswold Homes and Penney Ellis through lessons linked to the weather station close to the new development.”
Alison Catlin, arts development officer at South Gloucestershire Council,  said the project had “brought together new and existing residents to explore the area from a fresh perspective and shown how art and the environment can engage people to see their world through a new lens.” The programme continues this month with a “twilight zone” walk, 8.30-10.30pm,  where visitors can see the flight of one of Avon Hawk and Owl Trust’s barn owls before seeking out night creatures living in nearby woodland.
On September 20, 12.30-2.30pm there’s a harvest celebration with Resound Community Church before a walk with naturalist Ed Drewitt to find out about the season’s harvest on the nearby allotments and nature’s wild harvest.
To find out more or to make a booking please contactPenney Ellis 07896 315

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