The day came, the skies cleared and Meadow Madness and Wild Woods was a runner. Our family countryside day in partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council was a sell out, well parking spaces were, but the recent rain (remember those days) stopped the overflow parking being available – what a shame!
Families enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere discovering all the activities on offer within the wooded areas and meadows. We asked exhibitors to really engage with the public rather than have static displays and they didn’t let us down. Every stand had something for adults or children to get involved with and the ‘meet the brewer’ was also a popular activity for some.
I could use the whole blog just listing . . and . . listing the exciting elements of the day but it is fair to say that our aims for the day, which were, to engage with the public, raise awareness of grasslands, conservation and traditional countyside crafts and encourage families to enjoy the outdoors were met.
The event, part of the community DoGG project was an example of the community programme which also includes conservation, volunteering and education within the Borough of Eastleigh. Photographs of the day can be viewed at the project website www.dogg-project.org .
Plans are now underway to repeat the event and hoping for drier weather and that the overflow will also be full.
Martin Reeves, Community Grasslands Officer