The nights are drawing in and there is a chill to the air but our woodlands are ablaze with autumn colours as the leaves start to drop. We have had a busy few months over the summer preparing for our second year of running Led by the Wild and reflecting on the activities and events we have run to date.
In August we ran our first music fundraising event supported by some talented musicians who gave up their time to come and play live music in the woods. Tickets sold out fast and we are excited to say that enough money was raised to pay for restoring a wildlife pond on site with some left over towards a woodland shelter.
Following on from this, we entered a float in the Hythe Venetian Fete festival. This was our first public appearance representing our company so it was a little nerve-racking making sure that we conveyed our ethos correctly to the crowds of onlookers while trying not to lose any small children overboard! We were proud to be awarded second place in our category and be recognised as Best Floral Tableaux overall.
Another important piece of news is that we have been awarded a grant that will completely cover the costs of installing a composting toilet in the woods. We are really grateful to The Hornbeam Charitable Fund for providing the funding and Kent Community Foundation for supporting our application.
We are also proud to announce that we have been recognised for The Woodlands Awards 2019, winning an award for Best Small Woodland Website. Our website, like every other part of our company has been designed, created and managed by ourselves so it really was a special award for us.
As we move into our second year, we have many more plans and projects! After a successful year of our Tree Tots parent and child group, the demand for places has grown so high that, from October we will be running for two mornings a week. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for details. The Community Garden continues to grow with volunteers helping out on a Friday morning. If you would like to get involved with this, then please email us or again, message via Facebook. There will also be a call out for volunteers to help out with the wildlife pond installation, the building of a shelter in the woods and further planting in the conservation areas that we are developing.
Finally we would just like to say a huge thank you to all those members of the local and wider community that support and encourage us by attending our groups and events, volunteering or simply sharing our posts on Facebook. We appreciate all your help in making Led by the Wild a growing success.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been awarded £9,700 from The National Lottery Community Fund. This funding will enable us to deliver our conservation plan and extend our volunteer garden, creating a haven for local wildlife. We will also be running a series of free conservation and nature-led learning days throughout 2020 for families and local community groups. Watch this space as we announce further details of this exciting project!!! In the meantime if you would like any more information on this project please email: email@example.com