Sunday 29 January 2017, 2-5pm FREE
If you’ve been inspired by Winterwatch on TV this week, we’ve got an afternoon to get you outside and close up to plants and nature. We are told the weather is going to be be warming up this weekend, so it’s a good time to come along and enjoy the Garden.
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, 2-3pm
This weekend sees the annual RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Big Garden Birdwatch taking place all over the country. We will be identifying and counting the different species of birds that arrive in the Garden between 2-3pm on Sunday and everyone is welcome to help – you don’t have to be an expert. If you haven’t got your own garden to count the birds, but would still like to help with this valuable research, you can join us here between 2-3pm and get spotting.
Make a Bird Feeder, 2-5pm
Help feed the birds in Dalston in these late winter months by making one of our recycled juice carton bird-feeders, before filling them with bird-food and helping hang them up around the Garden. Sessions are run by the Garden’s volunteers, are drop-in, free and open to children and to adults, although young children should be accompanied by their parent or carer. We will be inside the Pineapple House so the wood-burning stove will keep everyone warm and cosy.
Bird-song drawing 2-4pm
Artist Sandra Keating from ‘Project Wonderlands’ invites you to connect with and create in nature, by making ‘Mindful’ sound drawings inspired by the work of artist Nicola Pomery. Participants will be invited to listen carefully to bird-song recordings installed in the garden and draw with their eyes closed. Drawings will be made outside (weather dependent) so wrap up warm!
January Garden Stroll, 3pm
Join us for the first of this year’s free guided ‘strolls’ around the Garden, to see what plants are looking good in winter, to learn about the history of the space and to hear more about our gardening plans for 2017.