CELEBRATING GREAT OUTDOORS
Hundreds enjoy the great outdoors
by Katherine Clementine
firstname.lastname@example.org THREE thousand people joined in a celebration of woodland life at Ruislip Lido on Sunday.
Families enjoyed the great outdoors at the Ruislip Woods Festival and tried their hand at sports including archery, thanks to Harefield Archers, a climbing wall and a display from the Welsh Axemen.
Debbie Valman, secretary of The Ruislip Woods Trust, thought the highlight of the event was the peregrine falcon.
She said: “It swooped at great speed just above the heads of the crowd from high over the lake.”
The Woodland Craftsmen showed off their skills in wood turning, basket weaving and besom broom making and demonstrated charcoal burning and the Wood Misor turned Ruislip Woods tree trunks into planks to be used for b boardwalks.
Ms Valman added: ““The ferrets were very popular and there were squeals of delight from the audience at the end of their races”
Local associations made an appearance to share knowledge of the area and to encourage people of Hillingdon to get involved.
These included Friends of the Colne Valley, Ruislip and Hillingdon Natural History Societies and Wildlife Trusts.
A silent auction was held to win a ‘Green Man’ head carved using a chainsaw by Brian Savill.
The Ruislip Woods Festival is a free public event hosted by London Borough of Hillingdon and The Ruislip Woods Trust.