Great Big Green Week: 18 – 26 September

The Great Big Green Week is a nationwide celebration of action on climate change, taking place across the UK from the 18 – 26 September 2021. Wildwood is proud to be involved in such an important campaign and will be hosting events at the park:

 

Saturday 18th September

Our loss? The importance of UK plants.

Did you know that the humble dandelion is a powerful medicine? Did you know that most trees are named after that the things that they provide us with? Did you know that conkers make a soap that will clean your hair, hands or clothes? There are over 630 British species that are known to be edible; at least 206 plants forming the ingredient of a drink; 668 with medicinal properties; 187 dye plants; 34 species producing fibres for cordage and 16 ingredients of soap or with cleansing properties.

Treasure your heritage. Join our Natural Heritage Officer, Steve Kirk and learn how to feed, clothe and resource yourself with the plants all around us.

 

Sunday 19th September

Biodiversity activities

It is now widely recognized that climate change and biodiversity are interconnected. Biodiversity is affected by climate change, but also makes an important contribution to both climate-change mitigation and adaptation. Conserving and promoting of biodiversity is critical to addressing climate change. Join our team for a set of fun crafting and building activities, which you can replicate in your own spaces to increase biodiversity and do your bit to help save our planet.

 

Monday 20th September – Friday 24th September

Chough on a bus

Never seen a chough in Kent?.. Now’s your chance. “What’s a chough?”, I hear you cry.

A red-billed chough is a clifftop crow, once so common in the county, that it gets a mention in Shakespeare’s King Lear and appears on the Canterbury coat of arms. Although predominantly black like other members of the crow family the chough has a big red, curved bill and dashing scarlet legs. Sadly in the last 150 years it has become extinct in this part of England. Among the many projects to increase biodiversity in which Wildwood is involved, we are working in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust and English Heritage to reintroduce this iconic bird to the White Cliffs of Dover.

As a light-hearted preview of the momentous day when choughs return to Kent, we offer you ‘Chough on a bus’.

During Big Green Week, one of our courageous Wildwood staff will be travelling to work as a ‘chough on a bus’ to raise awareness of climate change. We’re giving away an Arctic fox experience for 2 people to one lucky winner who manages to track down the chough on a bus. To be in with a chance of winning:

  1. Spot our feathered friend on one of the buses on the Stagecoach triangle bus route
  2. Take a picture
  3. Post the picture on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page
  4. Tag Wildwood Trust in your picture and use the hashtag #BigGreenWeek
  5. Wildwood will then randomly select one lucky winner who will be contacted by one of our official social media accounts.

Our chough will also be flapping around the park at Wildwood during the week. We’re giving away limited edition, sustainable “Big Green Week” water bottles to four visitors at our park in Kent:

  1. Spot our feathered friend at Wildwood
  2. Take a picture
  3. Post the picture on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page
  4. Tag Wildwood Trust in your picture and use the hashtag #BigGreenWeek
  5. Wildwood will then randomly select four lucky winners who will be contacted by one of our official social media accounts.