In celebration of Wandle Fortnight, Wild in the City held a day of traditional crafts and nature based art in Wandle Park on the 18th September, attracting families from throughout Croydon.
Children and adults learnt how to make string from nettles gathered from the riverside,
Had a demonstration in coil basketry,
Whittled willow and hazel,
Created beads and bracelets from elder,
And made beautiful botanical prints from leaves and flowers growing in the park.
It was wonderful to see different generations focused in activity together. We hope that we reassured parents and grandparents that children as young as three can use tools safely to cut, saw (and bash!) natural materials to create useful and attractive craft products. We hope that families were inspired with ideas and skills that they can enjoy on their next day in the park.
We’re grateful to Wandle Valley Forum, Living Wandle Landscape Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding the event and to Andrew Dickinson, Learning and Volunteering Officer at Wandle Park for hosting us.