Our Plans for 2020…
Following a successful workshop programme in 2019, we are now planning our next activities. Both schools, Sticklands and Greenford, and the local community, are on board for an exciting woodland arts programme in 2020. We will use the exploratory work we did in the Spring to revisit the woods, and design and make processional costume, giant puppets and handheld pieces for a Grand Parade, planned for June 2020.
We will be inspired by the colours and shapes of Wraxall Woods. Emerald Ant are currently raising funds for the Parade to happen. So far our local pub the Fox and Hound in Cattistock, has raised a whopping £700 through a Quiz Night and the Cattistock Flower Show. Massive thanks to Liz Flight!
The Hanging Forest…
This cold December children at Sticklands Primary School can venture back to sunny days in Wraxall Woods. Under the trees the birds are singing and the bees buzzing. Each child has made a tree or animal for our woodland wall. Artists Sarah and Ed have put this together with a beautiful soundtrack recorded in the woods. It’ll be coming to Greenford School in January.
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 –
What’s the Bluebell Project About?
The project is a celebration of our local woodland in Wraxall, West Dorset. Every spring the woods are carpeted in bluebells, campion, stitchwort, primroses and celandine. Amongst the wildlife, a resident white stag can be seen rutting in the early mornings.
With the support of local landlords the Parry Family, Dorset AONB, and a grant from the Ashley Family Foundation, we’ve opened up the woods to children from Greenfords and Sticklands Primary Schools, and the local community. A programme of workshops is a-foot. Children learn about the woodland habitat with Nick Gray from the Dorset Wildlife Trust, then with artists Sarah, Kathy or Flora, they create artwork, often amongst the bluebells, or in the project tent. Our explorations this year will lead to a spring puppet parade in 2020.
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Workshops and Exhibition
18th May – 1-3 pm Mono-printing Weed Workshop and Exhibition
Location: Project tent, Wraxall Woods.
On the A356, before / after the Rampisham Radio Station, take the turning for Cattistock and Wraxall. Drive through the woods and after the Manor House turn immediately right into the farmyard. You may park there, and walk back up the road to the gate.
Please let us know if you require a lift up the hill to the project tent. There is a portaloo on site.
July 26th & Aug 29th – Woodspeak Creators Workshop (Children), Evershot Village Hall.
Our Spring Workshops in Cattistock…