If you’ve been checking the blog to see your artwork created at our Skate and Create Session on 30 August, here it is! Along with photos of the skating and litter picking.
If you have any photos of the event to share, please send them to email@example.com and we’ll include them with credit of course. We’d particularly like to see more photos of the skating action.
Many thanks to Kadero the artist, Max from Shredder Skate School, Mark from Romsey Mill for the BBQ, and to Orchard Park Community Council for hosting the event. We’re very grateful to the Community Reach Fund and TK Maxx Team at Neighbourly for their financial support for the event.
We’ll be working on the design of the banner over the next few weeks and we’ll include all artwork we collected on the day.
Many thanks indeed to the folks that joined us on Friday for Orchard Park Wildlife Project’s Environment Day, a chance to think about what we can all do to for our environment, wildlife, and neighbours. There were lots of passionate people with important messages to share. We had a steady trickle of folks throughout the day and most people that I spoke to said they’d found value in the day.
I’ve included a few photos. If you have any pics that you’re happy to share, please send them on and I’ll include them, with credit of course, in this blog post.
We had a spread of bread, dips, biscuits and drinks for people to share whilst they had a chance to meet their neighbours. It was lovely to hear families new to Orchard Park had learned a little about the community and each other #TheBigLunch
Horace the hedgehog created by Anna Roebuck Environmental and Recycling artist with help from community members is gorgeous, and he’s going to be happy in his home safe with the K1 co-housing community, and visible to Orchard Park residents and visitors – symbolic as a reminder to look after our wildlife, habitats, and environment.
Thank you so very much again to all of the people that gave your time to set up and run the event. See below for extra information on:
Collect a bag of litter from the Wildlife Area and surrounds to get a free skate lesson with Shredder. Make art with Kadero for a banner showing the dangers of litter to our wildlife. There’ll also be a BBQ 🍔
👟 Suitable for all ages and abilities.
🛹 Max from Shredder Skate School will have some skateboards, helmets, and pads for elbows etc. to borrow, but if you do have your own equipment please do bring that.
🖌 Art materials will be provided.
📆 Limited drop in sessions will be available on the day.
How to find us
Family friendly. Free. 🛹👟
Contact Max to book your session at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Work with a visiting director, writer, and teacher to devise and perform a piece of drama that will save the world – starting with the wildlife on your doorstep.
Come along and take part in our Drama Workshop, or if acting isn’t your thing, come and see the performance at 3.15pm. Or perhaps you’d like to help with setting up the show? No prior acting experience is necessary, but we actively welcome those from youth drama groups.
The event is free and accessible.
The event will be held in the Large Hall of the Orchard Park Community Centre, Central Avenue, CB4 2EZ. There are parking bays at the Community Centre, or otherwise in residential streets nearby. The Guided Busway stop at Orchard Park West is just a couple of minutes walk away, currently the A and D services are running through Orchard Park (not the usual B due to A14 road works).
Please book your spot via: email@example.com – some drop ins available (or call 07902 454367 for info)
Suitable for ages 10 and upwards
Bring lunch and a drink
There’ll be free hot drinks for adults, and there are shops nearby for snacks
Children aged under 12 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult
There will be a performance of the piece at the end of the workshop which will be filmed and edited for inclusion on our website
All performers will be required to sign a release form
Children 12 – 17 that are not accompanied to the workshop by an adult will need to have a release form signed by a parent/guardian/responsible adult if they’re taking part in the performance:
click here for the form to print, complete, and bring with you or
complete the form on your computer adding signatures digitally and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
print the form, complete it, and take a photograph to email to email@example.com
The performance will be open to the public to watch around 3.15pm
Please bring a plain black t-shirt/top for the performance
Orchard Park Wildlife Project invites you to join us over the summer holidays for our creatively themed wildlife activities. We’re arranging three – FREE, fun, family friendly, informative events – that we hope will appeal widely. We’ve raised funds to hire professional artists for these events.
We appreciate the generous funding from Education Services 2010 that has made this event possible. We also thank Orchard Park Community Council for their help in setting up and advertising the event.
The Large Hall of the Orchard Park Community Centre, is at Central Avenue, CB4 2EZ. There are parking bays at the Community Centre, or otherwise in residential streets nearby. The Guided Busway stop at Orchard Park West is just a couple of minutes walk away, currently the A and D services are running through Orchard Park (not the usual B due to A14 road works). Marmalade Lane is just a couple of minutes walk away, or can be reached via Orchard Park East busway stop.
We’ll be making the large hedgehog sculpture and most stalls and the picnic will be at The Orchard Community Centre, whilst other activities will be kindly hosted by Marmalade Lane, providing an opportunity for you to see the RIBA East 2019 award winning co-housing development at K1.
1. THE ORCHARD COMMUNITY CENTRE:
Underwater themed BOUNCY CASTLE
Making HEDGEHOG SCULPTURE
RIVERFORD Organic Farmers
LUSH stall and litter pick
A TOYS LIFE AND BEYOND toy repair and swap
CAMBRIDGE FULL CIRCLE stall
WILDLIFE TRUST with Harry Hedgehog
Hedgehog Gardens Histon Impington and Orchard Park
EDEN PROJECT BIG LUNCH Community Picnic
GAMES And PRIZES
2. MARMALADE LANE:
FILMS AND DISPLAYS, Saving The World – Starting At Your Doorstep, The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary, and info on litter and litter picks….Plus A14 Action Group
More about what’s on….
Come and have a bounce around on the Underwater themed Bouncy Castle. We’ll be turning it into an artistic statement too, if you’d like to be in the photos 🐠🐟🐬🐳🐋
Join in and help to make a fantastic art piece with, by, and for our community with Environmental and Recycling Artist Anna Roebuck – we’re currently planning a hedgehog sculpture to show the dangers of litter to wildlife….we hope Harry Hedgehog will approve! It’ll have a hedgehog home in it’s base. Please save CLEANED, BROWN, and WHITE plastic to bring along on the day – it will be incorporated into the sculpture. Bottle tops can be brought along separately too for Anna’s other artworks.
Eden Project Communities Big Lunch We’ll be having a picnic outside the Community Centre in the spirit of Eden Project Communities Big Lunch (they don’t just have to be held in July) so bring your lunch and/or something to share with your neighbours 🍕🥗 and of course, if you bring anything in brown or white plastic, please wash it and add it to our hedgehog sculpture 🦔🌎
🍞🥗🧁OPWP and OPCC will be providing some homemade (plastic packaging free) bread, sandwich fillings, cakes, soda and freshly made popcorn for the picnic…. 🍞🥗🧁so we don’t make too much, or too little, if you haven’t let us know you’ll be coming via facebook, please can you indicate in the comments below if you’re planning to join us, thank you 🙏
A Toys Life and Beyond toy repair and toy swap – if you have a broken toy that you love which requires some TLC, to book your repairplease email: firstname.lastname@example.org
what the toy is
what the problem is
mention that it’s for the Orchard Park Environment Day 23 August
A Toys Life and Beyond will also be able to take a few drop ins on the day, but please book in advance to avoid disappointment. There’ll be someone from A Toys Life and Beyond there all day, and they’ll actively be doing their repair cafe between 11am-2pm.
Don’t forget to bring along toys in good condition and/or in working order to swap.
We’re also looking for a suitable space that might be able to host a Toy Library if community members would use this? Get in touch if you’re interested or have location ideas.
Litter Picking with Lush as part of their national clean up campaign, and a pop up Lush shop with their Naked packaging free products. The Orchard Community Centre will smell wonderful 😀
Riverford Organic Farmers will be there – they use minimal packaging and when it is used, the majority is recycled and recyclable. Their fruit and veg is delivered weekly in a reusable box that they collect empty and replace with one full of your goodies. They’ll have some samples and a selection of tasters. Find out more at their stand.
Cambridge Full Circle will have a pop up stall with their ethical and environmentally friendly products with minimal or no packaging.
Harry Hedgehog from the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire will be there with lots of local wildlife information – come along and say hello 🦔
A14 Action Group A group set up in the wake of phase 5 of the A14 upgrade project to bring people together and look at constructive ways to achieve the best possible outcomes across the villages of Histon and Impington (includes Orchard Park). Ask to join the Facebook Group.
This event has been made possible through generous funds provided by Lush, The Community Reach Fund, TK Maxx Team at Neighbourly, and BPHA. We are also grateful to the Orchard Community Centre and residents of Marmalade Lane for hosting the event.
All photos and videos in this post are credited to Eden Project Communities – many thanks to Diana Vogtel of Eden Project Communities for sending the photos and videos they took at the Eden Project Communities Big Lunch Community Walk reception at Orchard Park near to our Wildlife Area, Wildflower Bank, and Orchard.
Orchard Park Wildlife Project were very happy to receive the Big Lunch Community Walkers – they were carrying with them all the positive spirit of communities they’d visited on their way 😊 We chatted, had tea and cakes, and had a look around our wildlife habitats.
We’ve had, and continue to have, some difficult times in Orchard Park and we need all the community spirit we can foster – it was great to have the spotlight on us for something very positive. Thanks for visiting us Big Lunch Community Walkers 🙂
OPWP also thanks Orchard Park Community Council for providing the multi use room for the event, and OPCC Chair Andrew Chan for providing the most delicious cakes 😋 (check out his cake tips in the video below) and for joining the walkers as they visited other green projects in Cambridge. Finally, thanks to everyone from the OP community that came along too 🙂 it was great to meet some new people, and we hope to see you all again soon.
Photos from Cambridge’s green projects visited by the Big Lunch Community Walk
Join us at 3.20pm on 5 July for an informal mini Bioblitz of the Wildflower Bank, Ring Fort Rd, CB4 2GR. The event will run for two hours and you’re welcome to join us for as little or long as you like. All equipment will be provided. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Sadly, many people don’t realise what a precious resource the Wildflower Bank is – the UK has lost 97% of its wildflower meadows since WWII and that’s having a negative impact on the insects that rely on it, and in turn the birds and bats that feed on them.
It’s an opportunity to get involved in Citizen Science (see video below), learn about the importance of our local plants and invertebrates, and support Plantlife’s Road Verge Campaign. It’ll be an accessible, free, fun, informative, and family friendly activity – easy to join as you collect children from school.
The Wildflower Bank will be brimming with plants and buzzing with insects in July, and this Citizen Science event is being run as (an informal) bioblitz – where experts and members of the public will try to identify as many of these species as we can in this particular area and in the set time. Members of the public are encouraged to come along to learn, and Cambridge based naturalists are very welcome and encouraged to come along and share their expertise. All plant and invertebrate records from the bioblitz will be provided to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Environmental Records Centre.
We will also show people how to use the simple key to identify flowers on the sign we had installed at the Wildflower Bank. It shows pictures and flowering times for the different types of flowers found there, some of the insects, and depictions of wildlife drawn by the school children.
We’re working with Orchard Park Community Council to have our roadside verges managed for wildlife as per Plantlife’s Road Verge Campaign and as per our Habitats Management Plan written for us by the Wildlife Trust BCN. It’s important to monitor the diversity of the flowers. If the diversity is down a lot from last year, we will undertake any necessary remedial measures as a community event.
Thanks so very much to Tim and Carol Inskipp of OPWP for their expertise with identifying all creatures great and small, Lush for the Charity Pot Party last year to fundraise for equipment for these activities, Education Services 2010 for their funding of the sign and tools, Orchard Park Community Council for managing the mowing schedule for wildlife benefit and collaboration with the sign, and last but not least Orchard Park Community Primary School for joining OPWP’s activities.
The following information is taken directly from the BBC Two Springwatch Gardenwatch website….. our gardens are tiny in Orchard Park, but if we all did something to help wildlife – even those with a balcony can help – then the total wildlife friendly area would be significant.
As our towns and cities sprawl out into the countryside, our gardens are becoming more and more vital as wildlife reserves of the future. We want to map the resources available for wildlife in gardens up and down the country, and find out which wild visitors they attract.
We also want to find out what our gardens are lacking and how we can improve them for nature. And this is where you at home play the most important role…
This year we’re teaming up with the British Trust for Ornithology and the Open University for our biggest citizen science project ever – Gardenwatch!
Follow the links below to complete each of our four missions and help to build a better future for the UK’s wildlife!
We need your help to map the resources available to wildlife in gardens and other outdoor spaces up and down the country. Take part to help us discover the collective importance of garden habitats for the animals that live alongside us.
Earthworms and other ground-dwelling invertebrates are an essential part of the diet of many birds and mammals. We need your help to count soil invertebrates, so we can work out how abundant this vital food source is in different garden habitats.
Gardens are vital for birds in spring because they provide the resources they need to breed (including food, shelter, water and nesting sites). We need your help to record what birds are doing, so we can find out how they benefit from garden habitats at this critical time of year.
Mammals are often elusive night-time visitors to our gardens. We need your help to find out how much these often under-recorded animals use gardens and to understand which resources are most important for their survival.
Thank you so much to Eden Project Communities walkers and the support team for coming to visit Orchard Park last week. We enjoyed showing you our wildlife habitats and what we do, and chatting with you and folks from our local community whilst tucking into tasty tea and cake. Cambridge put on great weather for you 🙂
We hope you enjoyed the whole walk and each had a well earned great day at your respective local #TheBigLunch 🙂
A great big thank you too to: Orchard Park Community Council for hosting the event, and to OPCC Chair, Andrew Chan, for providing the lovely cakes and accompanying the walkers through Cambridge and onto Empty Common Community Garden (near Cambridge University Botanic Gardens) and Margaret Wright Community Orchard (off Newmarket Road near Coldhams Common) for a tea party potlock, to the residents of Marmalade Lane who showed us real community spirit, and to Andy Pugh for helping with everything from start to finish.