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Our Plans for 2020…
Following a successful woodland workshop programme in 2019, we have been planning a Grand Bluebell Parade in Wraxall Woods in 2020. A week ago we heard our application for Arts Council funding had been successful. Dorset Council and Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are also funding the project, as well as the local community through Cattistock Flower Show and Quiz Nights at the Fox and Hound. Both Sticklands and Greenford Primary Schools, and local people are on board, artists were all ready to start workshops…Then the Coronavirus happened.
At present schools are closed and we are unsure when the project will happen. Our funders are being supportive and the parade and workshops will take place in the next year, and it will be all the more exciting!
Expect, at some point, giant badgers, bluebell hats, foxes and boxing hares on children’s shoulders, all set to the hurdy gurdy and instrumental birdcalls.
The Hanging Forest…
In cold December children at Sticklands Primary School ventured back to sunny days in Wraxall Woods. Under the trees the birds sang and the bees buzzed. Each child made a tree or animal for the woodland wall. Artist Ed Jobling put together a beautiful soundtrack recorded in the woods. The Forest has been to Stickland and Greenford Primary Schools and spent January in Maiden Newton Church.
Our Bluebell workshop in the tent at Wraxall Woods
The exhibition in the tent shows work created by school children on the Bluebell Project. All work is created in, or inspired by the woodland.
Some snaps of children’s leaf prints –
And colours collected in the woods
Woodspeak Creators Workshop, Evershot, July –