Craft activities
Craft activities

 On the 11th September the Park took part in a national initiative for the Forestry Commission and their partnership sites. To celebrate the International Year of Forests 29 forests across the country were opened for all to enjoy.

Pond dipping

Pond dipping

 
All the activities were free and Forestry Commission and QECP staff were on hand to explain about their work and to help interpret the forest’s habitats and wildlife.
 
Bug hunting with the video microscope

Bug hunting with the video microscope

  One of the stars of the bug hunting was the Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar several of which were found.

 
Wood carving

Wood carving

 
All the activities were busy throughout the day, despite a damp start and even the Park’s reptiles put in an appearance after lunch.
 
Reptile walk

Reptile walk

 As well as the educational activities there was a talk on forestry by the FC Beat Forester,  giving a wider perspective over the 20,000 acres of Forestry Commission plantation within the district.

Forestry talk

Forestry talk

 
 And finally, there was some serious forestry machinery working down in the yard. Redwood Tree Services were chipping the winters supply of wood chip for the Parks biomass boiler. About 85 tonnes  of which are required to keep us warm over the winter.
 
Wood chipping

Wood chipping

 
And the Hampshire Timber Mill was turning seasoned beech and alder into timber for carpenters and turners.
 
Timber Mill

Timber Mill

 
And last but not least a demonstration from the Hampshire Coppice Crafts Group who produce a wide variety of products from local woodlands.
 
Coppice crafts

Coppice crafts

 
So, a busy day offering a glimpse of all that is good about our forests, with something for all the family. Hopefully this will become a regular feature in the calendar
 
 

 

 

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