Hun­dreds en­joy the great out­doors

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

by Kather­ine Clemen­tine

kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com 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.

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