Two local children have won our Design a Woodland Friend competition as part of our Friends of the Forest Tree Trail activity, winning their families a meal for four in the Riverside Café and books on trees.
Poppy Catmur, age 6 from Biggleswade, was the winner in the 6 and under category with her delightful picture of a squirrel made using items collected from nature. The judges felt that Poppy’s picture showed a very creative use of the materials she had found and particularly liked the way she told a story through her artwork.
Emily Clark was the winner in the 7-11 age group and wowed the judges with her fantastic model of a native British snake, an Adder, made using all natural materials as required by the competition. Emily’s impressive creation really stood out and she had clearly spent lots of time working on this fantastic piece of art.
Nicky Carlyle is Marketing Manager at Jordans Mill and was one of the competition judges, she said: “We had some fantastic entries into our competition and it was a real pleasure to see the creativity demonstrated by the children. We would like to thank all the children who took the time to make a woodland friend and for entering the competition, the standard was impressively high.”
On 12th December, Jordans Mill will be running Christmas Willow Wreath Workshops with Bedfordshire willow growers Jane and Guy Lambourne.
A willow wreath is a chic alternative to the traditional Christmas holly wreath and, unlike holly and fir, doesn’t require regular watering to keep it looking fresh.
At the workshops, Jane and Guy Lambourne, who grow willow and other natural materials on their smallholding in Bedfordshire, will demonstrate how to create and decorate a beautiful willow wreath, using materials grown by them locally.
Two workshops will take place at 10.30am and 1.30pm lasting two hours. The cost per head is £25 to include tea/coffee and festive refreshments.
To book your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.jordansmill.com.
Jane and Guy Lambourne run Wassledine, a smallholding in a Bedfordshire village where they grow willow and hazel, and have a small number of conservation cows. All of the willow and materials to be used in the willow wreath workshops has been grown by Jane and Guy.
Jane and Guy also use their home grown natural materials to create beautiful garden structures including tunnels, arches, and fencing, and have created a hazel and willow tunnel for the Jordans Mill gardens, as well as other natural structures that can be found around Jordans Mill.
For more information on Wassledine, please visit www.wassledine.co.uk.