Sowing wildflower meadow seeds & making bird feeders

2pm to 4pm Saturday 6th April 2019 Nature Vibezzz ran a free family activity session in Tivoli Park, West Norwood.

The session involved the participants preparing the soil in the wildflower meadow area and sowing wildflower seeds mixed with sand over the area. Participants then made bird feeders which they hung up on trees and shrubs in the park.

The session finished with the participants helping to make fire to hot drinking chocolate and melting chocolate to dip fruit in.

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Family nature activity session in Knights Hill Wood

2pm to 4pm Saturday 16th February 2019 Nature Vibezzz ran a family nature activity session in Knights Hill Wood.

The session involved various activities including rope swing, climbing rope, bug hunting, colouring, mask making, pruning shrubs and trees, buidling dead hedge, putting up bird boxes and litter picking.

Participant also learnt to chop wood and make fire using flint and steel. After which paricipants roasted veggie sausages. marsh mallows and fruit on the campfires.

The next free project session will be in Tivoli Park 2pm to 4pm Saturday 2nd March 2019.

Lots of free woodland activities at Knights Hill Wood in West Norwood

Nature Vibezzz ran a free family nature activity in Knights Hill Wood 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 9th February 2019.

This free session involved lots of activities for the participants including litter picking, picking up pine cones for the bug hotel, colouring, making animal masks, building up dead hedge to protect emerging wildflowers planted by participants on previous sessions, rope swing, chopping wood and outdoor cooking.

Next free activity in Knights Hill Wood 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 16th February 2019.

Last Saturday Project Session of 2018

Nature Vibezzz ran the last Saturday activity session of 2018 at Knights Hill Wood on 8th December 2018. The session involved planting native tree saplings around the boundary of Knight Hill Wood to continue the creation of the boundary wildlife hedge. The hedge will help protect the site from people dumping litter, help reduce pollution and create a wildlife habitat.

The session started with litter picking the woodland site. Our project film volunteers came and filmed some of the activity and the children also used cameras to make photos and films. The children took turns playing on the rope swing and around the woods.

The session finished with veggie sausages and burgers cooked on a campfire and enjoyed by everyone.

Nature Vibezzz free Saturday family nature activities will restart in the new year 2pm to 4pm Saturday 19th January 2019.

Photographs made by participants

Film created using film footage  and photos made by children

Children planting native tree saplings

2pm to 5pm Saturday 17th November 2018 Nature Vibezzz ran a free family nature activity in Knights Hill Wood, West Norwood, London. The session started with participants litter picking the woods.

Rope swing, climbing rope, bug hunting equipment and drawing materials was made available for the children to use and enjoy during the session.

Native woodland tree saplings was planted around boundary of the woods by the participants, the trees came from Woodland Trust free tree packs which included Hazel, Blackthorn, Downy birch, Hawthorn, Holly, Goat willow Crab apple and Dog rose trees. The tree saplings will grow up to form a boundary wildlife hedge which will support native wildlife and help prevent littering / fly tipping at the site.

The session finished with participants roasting and eating a healthy fruit kebabs and having hot chocolate. The fruit kebabs was roasted on a campfire with participants chopping wood for the fire.

On our next activity starting 2pm Saturday 24th November 2018  will be in Tivoli Park after Friends of Tivoli Park AGM meeting in West Norwood Fire Station, please come and join us.

Planting wildflower seeds, bulbs and native trees in Knights Hill Wood

2pm to 5pm Saturday 10th November 2018 Nature Vibezzz ran a free family nature activity in Knights Hill Wood, West Norwood, London. The session started with participants litter picking the woods, with their hard work  2 sacks of rubbish was removed from the woodland.

Rope swing, bug hunting equipment and drawing materials was made available for the children to use and enjoy during the session.

Following the litter picking participants seeded the woodland glade area with native woodland wildflower seed mixture. The seeds was mixed with sand to help participants see where the seeds had already been scattered and sown.

This woodland flower seed mixture contained wild flower species able to tolerate shade and is suitable for sowing in woodland areas.  The wild flowers are adapted to growing amongst established trees where shading has reduced light levels down to 25% of that in the open.  All of the wild flower seeds are of British native origin.   The mixture consisted of seeds from the following:

Bluebell  Hyacinthoides non-scripta, Betony Stachys officinalis, Red Campion  ilene dioica, Foxglove Digitalis purpurea, Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata, Hedge Woundwort Stachys sylvatica, Hedge Bedstraw Galium mollugo, Nettle-leaved Bellflower Campanula trachelium, Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria Perforate, St John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum, Ragged Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi, Ramsons (Wild Garlic) Allium ursinum, Selfheal Prunella vulgaris, Wood Avens  Geum urbanum, Wood Sage Teucrium scorodonia.

Then native woodland bulbs and rhizones was planted around the edge of the glade these included Bluebells, Snowdrops, Wild daffodils, Ramsons and Winter Aconites.

Native woodland tree saplings was also planting around boundary of the woods by the participants, the trees came from Woodland Trust free tree packs which included Hazel, Blackthorn, Downy birch, Hawthorn, Holly, Goat willow Crab apple and Dog rose trees.

The session finished with participants cooking and eating a healthy vegetable soup. The soup was cooked on a campfire with participants chopping wood for the fire and cutting vegetables for the soup.

On our next activity starting 2pm Saturday 17th November 2018 we will be continuing to plant trees around the boundary of Knights Hill Wood, please come and join us.