Noreen and Barbara were at Fidelity today as judges at the Bake Off event organized by the Young Leaders of Fidelity staff. There were three Fidelity sponsored charities present for whom the Fidelity staff baked several cakes to be judged. The Trust’s table had 4 cakes and Tony Ryan’s was the winner. The other two charities had their own tables and also judged the cakes made by Fidelity staff. A tough job, but someone has to do it! After the event, slices were sold off in Fidelity’s offices in aid of the three charities.
Last week was Small Charity Week which celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector. The week is organised as a series of activities and initiatives and we were delighted that a large group of volunteers from Fidelity International, our corporate sponsor, was helping the Downlands Partnership on 17th June at Addington Hills. The task was to clear a large area of invasive birch scrub in order to help maintain and restore what is probably London’s largest area of natural heathland. The day was a great success in terms of what was achieved and the Fidelity team obviously enjoyed the occasion immensely!
On June 15th David Warburton, Sutton Council’s Biodiversity Officer, led a walk in Oaks Parks for a group of over 20, comprising members of the Downlands Trust, Friends of Oaks Park and of the Banstead U3A Wildlife Group. David gave us the benefit of his many years of experience of the high quality chalk grassland found in Oaks Park, its geology, flora and fauna, and the conservation work needed to keep it in top condition. The police also joined the meeting to raise awareness of the need to control dogs when livestock are present. Many thanks to Sean and Connor for organizing this enjoyable event, we look forward to a suggested tree identification walk here in the autumn
Today the Downlands Partnership held an open day at Old Lodge Farm as part of Open Farm Sunday and Sarah and Peter were there to explain to the role of the Trust to visitors. A really enjoyable event with an opportunity to meet the sheep and lambs, watch a demonstration of sheep shearing, see their wool being spun and look at Sean’s splendid collection of chalk grassland plants.
The Downlands Trust and the Downlands Partnership shared a stall at last Saturday’s Green Spaces Open Day in Croydon. Twenty groups were represented and as well as attracting a good deal of interest ourselves, the occasion provided some excellent networking opportunities. We will certainly return if the event is repeated next year!