Blowing in the wind

 Last Saturday 20 children with parents in tow braved a very windy day to meet at Lakeside Country Park, the purpose, to make hand crafted paper with additional natural materials. This was another DoGG community event designed to attract families to a site that they may not have visited before. In fact, I spotted a couple of youngsters take time out to watch the local anglers land their carp!

The site, owned and managed by Eastleigh Borough Council is mainly used by anglers, dog walkers and water sport enthusiasts. DoGG hopes to encourage people to take a greater interest in the various habitats at the site and to offer a range of educational events.

Anyway, back to the wind . . . some of the smaller ones had a hard time just standing up and so it was inevitable that materials were blown to all corners! Persevere we did, and it was certainly worth it. Olivia, who was leading the event, patiently showed everyone how to create ‘real’ paper and embed it with ‘things’ from the meadow. Everyone enjoyed the day squidging around in buckets of paper mash and water and I even had time to show off some of the grassland plants adjacent to the tables.

 Next event sees a return to more traditional things – sweep netting the meadow – let’s hope for a still day!

 Martin Reeves, Community Grasslands Officer


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