Suffolk’s Roadside Nature Reserves Project

Suffolk has been protecting rare and unusual plants and fungi through the Roadside Nature Reserve (RNR) Project since the 1970s. We have a network of volunteer wardens who do a brilliant job at helping to manage the RNRs and conserve the species on them.

We want to recognise the importance of our wardens and thank them for all they do! So we are hosting an event for them and anyone else interested in the project. Find out more and book your place.

We are looking for more volunteer wardens to help manage our verges. If you would like to get involved, or would like to find out more about the project, please email RNRs@suffolk.gov.uk. You can also find out more information at our RNR website.

Foxburrow Farm Events in March and April 2020

Saturday 21 March, 2-4pm
Family Forest Schools. Den building , fires woodland crafts and activities.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: 18 months +. Cost: £4 Child £2 Adult.
Booking essential

Tuesday 7 April. 2 -4pm. Family event
‘Easter Eggstravaganza’. Easter egg hunt, spring crafts and trails.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
Adult £2, child £4.
Booking essential

Thursday 9 April. 10am – 2pm. ‘A rainforest adventure’
Build shelters, cook outdoors and save the wild animals.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
For unaccompanied 6-11 year olds. Cost £7.
Booking essential

Tuesday 14 April. 2 -4pm. Family event
‘Easter Eggstravaganza’. Easter egg hunt, spring crafts and trails.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
Adult £2, child £4.
Booking essential

Friday 17 April, 10am-2pm.  ‘Pond explorers’
Pond dip, search for frogs and discover their curious habits.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
For unaccompanied 6-11 year olds. Cost £7.
Booking essential

Saturday 18 April, 10am-12noon
Young Wardens, Practical conservation & naturalist skills.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: 11-16 year olds. Cost: £3
Booking essential

Saturday 18 April, 2-4pm
Family Forest Schools. Den building , fires woodland crafts and activities.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: 18 months+. Cost: £4 Child £2 Adult.

Wednesdays, 22 April to 20 May. 10.30am-12noon
Weekly Wild Tots. Forest Schools activities and Wild Play for 1 – 4 year olds and their carers, led by experienced practitioners.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, near Woodbridge IP12 1NA
Age: Accompanied 1 – 4 yrs.
Cost: £5/session if booking week by week or half term block booking @ £4/session
Booking essential

Tuesday 28 April. 10.00am-2.00pm
‘Go wild in the week’. Activities for home educated children, 6-11 years.
Location: Foxburrow Farm, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1NA.
Cost £7.
Booking essential

For more information or to book visit the SWT website or Tel 01473 890089

Community Scattered Orchards

Transition Woodbridge is still on the look out for any appropriate sites for more community orchards. If you know of any locations that you think would benefit from blossom in spring and free fruit in autumn please get in touch.

An orchard is a long-term asset to Woodbridge and Melton. With good annual maintenance an orchard lasts for decades. In the longer term, it forms part of a larger network of community-run orchards and biodiverse spaces across Woodbridge and Melton that produce food. Each open space offers a different experience or opportunity to learn new skills. With various food-focused events throughout the year such as Apple Day, outdoor plays or picnics, pruning and preserving courses, the orchard forms a new focal point where residents can come together. We will soon be planting 12 fruit trees in Hall Farm Road and St Andrew’s Place.

Can you help with watering? One of the biggest problems is watering during the summer months so if you would like to help please get in touch.

Find out more and how to get involved at the Community Orchards website.

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Woodbridge Climate Summit – 15th-16th February

Woodbridge Town Council has declared a climate emergency in recognition of the severity and urgency of the climate crisis. We know that the time for talking is over, and we must take action if we are to prevent the worst effects of climate change, and ensure climate justice. This crisis is too urgent to wait for governments and others to get round to doing something about it. But we can’t do it on our own – it is time to come together to take practical steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions and support wildlife.

Woodbridge Climate Summit takes place over a two-day weekend on 15 and 16 February, at the Woodbridge Community Hall. It is open to the all and admission is free.

Saturday – 2pm-5.30pm – a focus on ‘green veining’ the town, linking up all the town’s open green spaces to encourage insect, bird and vegetation corridors through which they can spread. The first session will look at Town Council owned spaces, highlighting the ‘wilding’ of Elmhurst Park by turning it into more of a natural habitat with meadowland and replanting with perennial flowers that will help promote biodiversity and support other wildlife. The session will include YOUR SUGGESTIONS for areas around Woodbridge to include in the wider town plan. The second session will be provided by Transition Woodbridge, who will be launching their Local Wildlife Corridors programme, which will help residents to turn their back gardens into nature reserves, which together will bolster and multiply the green corridors across the town.

Sunday – 11am – 5.30pm – addressing the key elements of the climate emergency, detailing the projects planned by the town council for the next three years. Speakers include scientists, artists, farmers, and experts in transport, energy and biodiversity.

This is just the starting point for Woodbridge, but we hope that you will join us to help us make a difference where we live.

Book your free ticket at www.woodbridgeclimatesummit.org