Every spring Wraxall woods are covered in bluebells, campion, stitchwort, primroses and celandine. We have a resident white stag which is often seen rutting in the early mornings, as well as an abundance of other wildlife.
With the support of landlords we want to open up the woods to local children and the community for this one exciting day. Leading up to it, Emerald Ant will work with Dorset Wildlife Trust to engage school children in learning about indigenous plants and the importance of the English Bluebell, (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/citizen-science/bluebell-survey.html). We will then run workshops with children to make headdresses, hand held carnival art and costumes. The community will get involved in making a large scale white willow stag and other animals to head the procession.
The project has already attracted the support of Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and we will be looking for funding from local trusts and possibly the Arts Council.
Do you live in Wraxall, Rampisham, Cattistock or Evershot? We invite you to get involved – All are welcome! Come and find out more at Rampisham Village Hall on September 3rd, at 7pm. We will be showing short clips of our own and other companies’ outdoor performance, and then discussing how best to go about this project. We want your suggestions and ideas! We will be looking for volunteers to take on many different roles – organising, stewarding on the day, helping run arts workshops, publicity, social media, fundraising and much more.
I look forward to seeing you at Rampisham Village Hall on Monday 3rd Sept!