Events – Thursday 10th August

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Learn all about honeybees and other bees at the wilderness. Unfortunately due to the recent vandalism our hives won’t be back at the Wilderness until September so we can’t do the hive visit. There are two sessions beginning at 11am and 12am so please arrive promptly. All ages welcome. Bring some lunch for afterwards. Stay for the open afternoon of wild play 2-4pm.

Open afternoon of wild play 2-4pm
All ages welcome just come along and explore the wilderness. Adults can also get involved by helping out and volunteering.

Volunteering 12-3pm
All welcome and all abilities can help out.

Activities Saturday 5th August

It’s all happening this Saturday 5th August!
Mindfulness for adults in the morning, leaf stamping for families and volunteering for all in the afternoon. Places are listed for the Mindfulness so please book in advance. Drop in anytime in the afternoon but let us know you are coming by booking now20620916_1905602136371039_1167088649979157351_n http://wildcatwilderness.org/whats-on/‬

Bee killers, vandalism and appeal

We are sorry to say that the Wilderness has been the victim of some terrible vandalism over the past week. We have been broken in four times and on two occasions they maliciously attacked our hives and tried to drown our bees. Such mindless destruction of our wonderful pollinators. We have lost one colony and have broken hives but hope they might survive. We have now had to remove the bees off site until we improve the security.

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The vandals have also destroyed the pond several times, broke into the shed, slashed the outdoor classroom and water butts, destroyed a hand built fence and our bug hotels – in fact everything that our wonderful community created. Due to the support of our lovely volunteers we have began to rebuild our wonderful green space so it can be enjoyed by all again.

We have set up a bee appeal to replace a hive, build an apiary cage, increase the security and set up a new project to engage local young people in beekeeping and making bee related products. We want to try make something positive out of the negative. Please give what you can. thank you. https://localgiving.org/appeal/beeappeal/

The bees will return once we have upped the security and built an apiary cage. https://localgiving.org/appeal/beeappeal/

If you want to help out then we will have extra volunteer days including Weds 12th 2-4pm, Thurs 13th 12-3pm. For other dates check the Whats on page.

Many thanks to all those who have helped already.

Rushey Green Time Bank Festival, Sun 2nd July

Wild Cat Wilderness at Rushey Green Time Bank Festival, Sun 2nd July 12-4.40pm, Ladywell Arena, Silvermere Road

Visit Wild Cat Wilderness stand with creative and nature activities for all ages

We need volunteers to help out on the stand. Please contact Maria wcw@rgtb.org.uk

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Dig It – after school club for children with autism

We are running 6 after school/ holiday sessions for 5-11 year olds and 6 for 11-17 year olds.
These will be as follows:
5-11 year olds – Wednesday 4.30-5.45pm on the following dates
28 June, 5, 12 July, 2, 9, 16 Aug

11-17 year olds – Thursday 4.30-6pm on the following dates
29 June, 6, 13 July 3, 10, 17 Aug – PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE SESSIONS ARE NOW POSTPONED.

We ask that you are able to commit to at least x4 sessions to book a space. Booking essential.

We will evaluate the project using individual learning goals for each child which will be set with the participants and parents/carers. After the pilot we would then look to develop the project based on the key learning’s and offer further and ongoing sessions.
There will be a small charge of £2 per session payable in advance to Signal – a total of £12 to enrol. For more info email Maria wcw@rgtb.org.uk

Dig It – new project for children with ASD

Dig It! Launch, taster sessions and after school/holiday club.

Dig It! is a new programme of activities for children with ASD using gardening and nature conservation in conjunction with Signal.
There are two drop in taster sessions to launch the project, so that families can visit the Wilderness and try out some activities.
These will take place on Saturday 17th June
2-4pm for 5-11 year olds (last entry 3pm)
4-6pm for 11-17 year olds (last entry 5pm)
Everyone is welcome to come along to the taster sessions even if they don’t want to come to the sessions. Just email Maria and let her know which session you are coming to wcw@rgtb.org.uk or sign up via the Whats On page.

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We will then run 6 after school/ holiday sessions for 5-11 year olds and 6 for 11-17 year olds.
These will be as follows:
5-11 year olds – Wednesday 4.30-5.45pm on the following dates
28 June, 5, 12 July, 2, 9, 16 Aug
11-17 year olds – Thursday 4.30-6pm on the following dates
29 June, 6, 13 July 3, 10, 17 Aug

We ask that you are able to commit to at least x4 sessions to book a space.

We will evaluate the project using individual learning goals for each child which will be set with the participants and parents/carers. After the pilot we would then look to develop the project based on the key learning’s and offer further and ongoing sessions.
The taster session is free but there will be a small charge of £2 per session payable in advance to Signal – a total of £12 to enroll.

Big Lunch Picnic Sunday 11th June

Big Lunch Picnic Sunday 11th June 12-4.30pm (last entry 2.30pm)

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Join us for a communal picnic with music and activities for all.

Just bring a rug or chair plus a picnic dish or two to share (salad, sausage rolls, cake etc)

Activities include
Help make a new bug hotel
Make a fairy crown or wand

There will be some Wild Cat Wilderness jams and chutneys on sale.

Book your places via the What’s On page so that we know how many people are coming.

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