Wildlife Explorers headed to Tegg’s Nose Country Park for the very last session of 2019. One of the most popular fixtures in our calendar, Tree Dressing (and our Silly Hat Competition) celebrates the end of National Tree Week and the importance of trees and woodland to birds, people and wildlife.
The weather was perfect – mild and sunny – the woodland looked beautiful with the autumn leaves highlighted in the golden sunshine. Wildlife Explorers chose a suitable tree and started to create ephemeral sculptures using clay and natural materials gathered from the woodland. When the creations were complete the whole group did a tour of each other’s artwork. The gallery of woodland art was inspirational with creations that ranged from Christmas Robins to woodland toadstools and owls. Leaves twigs and berries were used to great artistic effect.
It wouldn’t be Tree Dressing without a chance to throw autumn leaves in the air – recorded as usual by Leader Martin – this time our little ritual was preceded by some energetic dancing to Christmas tunes. (Perhaps we need a dancing prize next year).
Silly hats were in abundance and parents and children alike joined in the fun. The winner of the Silly Hat Competition was Megan with her gorgeous take on a Christmas decorated hat.
The Critics’ Choice for Best Leader’s Hat was voted for by members – and Abercrombie was the winner with her seasonally inspired Reindeer hat. A close second was Leader Martin with his quite honestly quite terrifying Unicorn head. (I think if Leaders had voted though Leader Darren would have been an outright winner with his very special homage to Leader Martin!)
At the end of the session everyone was treated to some festive refreshments including some incredible cakes provided by The Mayer family.
Tree Dressing has become an annual fixture in the Wildlife Explorers calendar and gives the group an opportunity to celebrate the festive season in a wonderful natural setting.
The volunteer Leader team would like to wish all of our members, their families and our community supporters a Merry Christmas and a very safe, prosperous and Happy New Year.