Go­ing quack­ers for ducks

His­tory, craft and wildlife on show

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THIS flock of ducks be­ing rounded up by sheep­dog Sam were one of the high­lights of the Ruis­lip Woods Fes­ti­val held on Sun­day in glo­ri­ous sun­shine.

THOU­SANDS flocked to en­joy the 18th Ruis­lip Woods Fes­ti­val, en­joy­ing dis­plays and crafts while bask­ing in the sun­shine.

This year’s fes­ti­val, on Sun­day, saw new at­trac­tion, the ‘Quack Pack’, a flock of mis­chievous ducks rounded up by cham­pion sheep­dog, Sam with his owner Meirion from Wales.

Also pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors was the fal­conry dis­play with an ‘im­pres­sive’ Bald Ea­gle as well as Mor­ris Dancers, who per­suaded them to join in the fun.

Deb­bie Val­man, Sec­re­tary to The Ruis­lip Woods Trust, said: “This event is laid on by The Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don and The Ruis­lip Woods Trust to en­cour­age peo­ple to learn more about the woods.

“There were de­mon­stra­tions of wood­land crafts and the gi­ant wood mizer saw­ing up tree trunks as well as lo­cal nat­u­ral his­tory so­ci­eties to en­gage peo­ple with the wildlife and fauna of this spe­cial area.”

The sunny day was ideal to take ad­van­tage of the spe­cial tele­scopes bought in by WOOLAS (West of Lon­don Astro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety) which the public could use to view the sun.

A ‘Ki­no­van’ or a small cin­ema in a van col­lected ar­chive film from all round Lon­don show­ing its find­ings, with great ar­chive film of Ruis­lip lido for all to en­joy.

If you’d like to find out more about sim­i­lar fu­ture events, check out: www. ruis­lip­wood­strust.org.uk.

n HIGH FLYER: A fal­conry dis­play at Ruis­lip Woods Fes­ti­val

n JINGLE BELLS: Mor­ris dancers en­ter­tain the crowds

n HEAVE!: Vis­i­tors take part in a tug-of-war con­test

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