Sunday, 21 April 2013

Today we continued our project to 'Tidy the Vision' funded by the Linley Shaw Trust (see previous post http://wickenandangleseycommunity.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/cntv-clearing-burwell-barn.html

A different group of volunteers came out and we worked at Tubney Fen and Burwell Fen to remove some old fences, after battling all day with staples and barbed wire the area was much improved. Fortunately a less fun job was made easier by the nice weather the bumblebees, butterflies and birds coming to life around us. 

Before

After



Sunny pond at Tubney Fen



Friday, 19 April 2013

Community Survey

Hello,

We are trying to improve how we communicate with people about the community projects that go on at Anglesey Abbey and Wicken Fen. As part of this we want to find out what people already know and how they found out.

How much do you know? Please fill our short survey below, open until 24th May 2013:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/nteastlocal

Thanks,

Kate, Lois and Janet

Monday, 8 April 2013

Willow Harvesting


Firstly apologies, it’s been a while since there has been a post from Wicken. We have been doing a lot of things to get ready for Easter and the new season, if the spring ever arrives. This included going to Spring Conference, a get together for all of the staff and volunteers in the region to hear about plans for the up coming year and share ideas. We had talks from the new director general, Dame Helen Gosh and Regional Director Ben Cowell which were very interesting. We then held our own mini version of this at Wicken.

I have also been doing various bits and bobs like getting the wild campsite ready for the first campers of the year who stayed in May and some upkeep looking after the trees at White Fen.

Today I was out cutting Willow with two volunteers Loz and Ian from the Fenmans workshop. They can use the willow for some of the traditional Fen activities they demonstrate in the workshop and we are also hoping to use it to make some willow hurdles with children from Swaffham Prior school, our guardianship school. The hurdles can then be used in their nature area at the school.

We had a fun, if tiring, day in the sun. Cutting the willow was the easy but, the hard work was sorting it into sizes and bundling it up. We had a sizeable pile in the end though. Thanks to Debbie from Salix arts http://www.salixarts.co.uk/ for helping us.  Watch this space for updates on what we create with the willow this year.