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Wild Glades Online – welcome to our first family-focussed festival themed around biodiversity & sustainability

We’re VERY excited to be launching our first Wild Glades festival on 25 & 26 March! – and it’s all online! During the festival, we aim to bring Bromley together to celebrate the beauty, the wonder and the rich biodiversity that is local to our area.

Rewilding is a hot topic at The Glades, and we have a beautiful roof garden which is home to a rich mix of plants and flowers, as well as bio totems, bird boxes and much more!

For our first festival, we have worked with a wide range of contributors to bring you informative sessions, entertainment and, most importantly, something to inspire the little green thumbs of our young ones.

Here comes the good part. We have outlined our itinerary in the below timetable. Have a look, get to know our contributors, and set aside time to join us in rewilding Bromley and learning more about sustainability and biodiversity over our two-day festival on 25 & 26 March.

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Wild Foods and Foraging

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Plant a Tree for Free!

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Wild Glades Microscope – Spider

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How to Make… Wild Tiles!

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The New Urban Jungle Animation

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Behind the Scenes of Stop Motion Animation

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Make Your Own Wormery

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Wild Glades Microscope – Stomata

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How to Make… Upcycled Barbie Jumpers

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Wild Glades Microscope – Woodlice

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Make Your Own Dandelion Honey

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How To Make… an Earth-Cast Birdbath

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How to Make… Straw Animals

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Nature’s Poo Clues… with The National Poo Museum

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A Guide to Garden Bird Identification

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Wild Glades Microcope – Xylem

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How to Make… Wild Glades Mini-Roof Gardens

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Macro Insects – Bee Hawk-moth

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How to Reduce Food Waste

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How to Make Fermented Cabbage… and Reduce Food Waste!

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How to Make… Soap Nuts

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Welcome to Wild Glades – Virtual Tour of The Glades Roof Garden

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Wild Glades Microscope – Dinoflagellate

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Macro Insects – Red Mason Bee

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Flying the Wild Glades Festival Flag

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Wild Glades Microscope – Dragonfly

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How to Make… a Bird Feeder

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Wild Glades Microscope – Hydra

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How to Make… Terrific Terrariums

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How to Make Hotels for Hedgehogs

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How to Make Seed Bombs

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The Wild Lino Print

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A Guide to Filming & Photographing Wildlife

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Wild Glades Microscope – Mayfly Ostracods

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The Family Guide to Compost!

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How to Make a Nesting Ring

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Macro Insects – Buff-tailed Bumblebee

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Wild Glades Microscope – Nettles

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Hedgehog Craft

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Why Everyday Wildlife’s Wonderful… Close-Up!

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Beeche

Bromley Environmental Education Centre

Bromley Environmental Education Centre is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can pursue their interests in Science, Nature, Art, Philosophy, Literature and Music in an awe inspiring landscape of woodlands, grasslands and ponds.

We believe that education and access to nature should be available to all members of our communities regardless of age or background. It is our mission to provide positive, fun and educational experiences which support wider learning and promote respect and empathy for each other, our communities and our countryside.

https://www.bromleyparks.co.uk/beeche/

Daniel Roberts

The National Poo Museum

Daniel Roberts is a plumber and inventor who loves exploring the natural world. He and a small group of friends set up the National Poo Museum in 2016 to the delight and disgust of people around the world.

The world is covered with poo – and that’s a good thing!

Here, Daniel Roberts will give you a peek inside The National Poo Museum in Sandown on the Isle of Wight and then lead you on a sticky trip round the town to see which poos he can find, what they can reveal and why they might be important for us all.  He’ll help you identify some top droppings that you may come across yourself and then plunge deep inside some real poo to see the universe of microscopic life inside it.

Visit the National Poo Museum here:

Website: https://poomuseum.org/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/poomuseum/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/poomuseum/

Ed Hall

Photographer

I’m a natural history photographer and science communicator, working to elevate the educational value of museum collections. Using experimental imaging, alongside novel digital technologies, I aim to communicate the richness of the natural world from a new perspective.

 

MacroPro Photography:

Twitter: @MacroproPhoto

Instagram: @MacroproPhoto

https://macropro.co.uk

ed@macropro.co.uk

Gerry Price

Coastal Gardener

I love plants! I run a small plant nursery where I grow plants that are particularly suited to coastal conditions. I also design gardens and in my spare time I play in my own garden.

Plants grow almost anywhere, even on a roof, as you can see at The Glades Shopping Centre. This has inspired me to make some mini roof gardens and if you watch my videos, I’ll show you how you can make one too…

Useful links:

Website: http://www.thecoastalgardener.co.uk/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecoastalgardener/

Ian Boyd

Ecologist

I was born in Birmingham, a cheerfully swotty kid who kept beetles and played football. I only ever wanted to be a nature reserve warden, and that’s exactly what I did, working for the RSPB and wildlife trusts for a decade, living in mountain cottages and wooden sheds, driving terrible old tractors, and diving for water lilies. It was wonderful.

I live on the Isle of Wight, where for 25 years I have built projects and organizations to better understand the ways in which the human and natural worlds can combine for mutual benefit, bringing together social, cultural and ecological policy and practice.

The award of UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve status to the Isle of Wight in 2019 has been the culmination of that purpose and putting it into action is part of the work I now do. I’m a Director at Arc, Artecology and our not-for-profit The Common Space where we are working to make places better for people and for wildlife… including The Glades!

 

Useful Links:

Websites: www.artecology.space & www.arc-consulting.co.uk

Instagram: @arc.ways & @artecologyltd

Twitter: @ianbugboyd

Facebook: @welcometoarc, @artecologydept

Jo Johnson

Artist

Jo is a Youth Worker and artist; passionate about the natural world, Jo loves to experiment with all sorts of materials, nurturing and inspiring others to get outside, and get creative.

Kathy Grogan

Environmental educator

Kathy is passionate about wildlife and wild places and after working for 17 years as a Wildlife Trust Education Officer, she now spends her time connecting schools and communities with nature for learning and well-being.  Kathy offers environmental education, outdoor learning and Forest School programmes for all ages in woodland and at the coast; and puts people in touch with the nature on their doorsteps – in gardens, school grounds and local green spaces – through a range of walks and activities.  She also offers outdoor learning workshops and training for educators.

Where to find Kathy…

Email:   natureworkscic@outlook.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KGlearningwild

Kriss Ceuca

Documentary filmmaker

My name is Kriss, I am a wildlife documentary filmmaker. I am passionate about science communication and the ocean. Through my films, I hope to share unique stories and help everyone reconnect with the natural world.

 

Useful links:

Website: www.krissceuca.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kriss.ceuca

Lauren Cook

Stop-motion animator

Lauren is a PhD student studying ecology and a freelance artist. She combines her interests in art and nature for science communication, specialising in animations to raise conservation awareness.

Watch Lauren’s specially produced watercolour illustrated stop-motion animation all about urban wildlife!

Where to find Lauren:

Twitter: @LaurenSJCook

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurens_colours/

Liz Cooke

Multi-disciplinary artist

Liz is a multi-disciplinary artist, trained as a photographer, who began making festival flags in 2008. The flags quickly became very popular and Liz and her team have spent 12 years flying hundreds of flags at festivals and events throughout the country.

Liz’s video for the Wild Glades Festival will follow the process of her designing and making a special flag for the Wild Glades project.

Where to find Liz…

Website: www.lizcooke.co.uk

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lizcookeflags/

Lucia Para

Visual artist

Lucia Para is a visual artist and creative forager.  She finds in nature, food, magic and inspiration.

In Lucia’s video, she will show you how to bring nature home… in a simple but magical way: by making a native terrarium!

Find Lucia at:

Website: www.luciapara.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lucia.elfina.para/

Marty Jopson

Science TV presenter

I have always been a science geek. I started out by studying Natural Sciences (Botany) at Cambridge University, followed with a PhD in plant cell biology. I’ve been making science television for over twenty years including my role as BBC’s The One Show’s science reporter and many more.

When not on television, I spend much of my time on stage performing hair-raising and flammable science at science festivals around the country.

Copepods and ostracods, pithy plants and more!  Explore the world of hairy-bottomed spiders, terrifying dragonflies and sea monkeys and shrimps with my special series of nine microscopical videos highlighting some of the animals and plants that are likely to be found in the Wild Glades.

 

Find out all about Marty Jopson here:

Website: http://blog.martyjopson.co.uk/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/martyjopson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/martyjopson

Nigel George

Artist and eco-engineer

Nige is an artist and eco-engineer (which means he makes things that help wildlife). He helps run Artecology, the organisation that is helping The Glades Shopping Centre to become very wildlife friendly.

In his video Nige shows us how to make an earth-cast bird bath just like the ones he made for the Wild Glades rooftop garden.

 

Useful links:

 

Websites: www.artecology.space & www.arc-consulting.co.uk

Instagram: @artecologyltd

Twitter: @artecologydept

Facebook: @artecologydept

 

Paul Armfield

Musician and artist

Paul Armfield enjoys writing and singing songs as well as playing double bass, guitar and musical saw, sometimes people even pay him to do it. When not making music he sells books in a bookshop, and if he has any time left, he likes to spend it making linocut prints.  As well as creating a fantastic project especially for our Festival, Paul has written and produced our Wild Glades theme tune!

 

‘Wild Glades Lino-Cut’

Relief printer Paul Armfield talks you through the processes of creating and printing a lino-cut image. Although the sharp tools involved might not be suitable for young hands, the journey should be fun and fascinating for all ages, and Paul’s description of the 4 stages of his creative process can be applied across most techniques and mediums. First there’s ‘mouse-clicking’, starting with an internet search of the phrase ‘Wild Glades’, setting off on a trail of ideas and images looking for inspiration; then ‘mistake-making’: doodling along the way to arrive at a design. There’ll be ‘head-scratching’ as he converts the design to a two colour pattern… in reverse; then eventually the ‘nail-biting’ part of the process as he carves out the image and prepares to print. And of course, the final reveal.

 

Where to find out all about Paul:

Website: http://paularmfield.com

Twitter: @thepaularmfield

And on Youtube.

Rosie Johnson

Photographer

Hi, I am Rosie I am currently 15 years old. I am massively interested in the natural world and am keen to spread my love for it with other young people. I believe that it is important for everyone to connect to nature, and that there is something for everybody to love about it. Wildlife is free and accessible to enjoy and you can learn a lot from the smallest of things. I love birdwatching, looking for fungi and finding moths, but by no means do I know everything about these things – this is what I find exciting!

My recent projects include my contributions to Hullabaloo at Home 2020 and the set up of Young Nature Watch IW. This is a youth wildlife group for people aged 13 to 17 on the Isle of Wight, we hope to hold fun nature-based activities and events later this year.

You can find out more on Instagram: @youngnaturewatch_iw and on our Facebook page: Young Nature Watch IW. Find me on Instagram too: @secret_skylark.

Rosie’s Bird ID Chart

 

Sue Paraskeva

Artist

Sue Paraskeva is an artist. She uses traditional porcelain techniques to produce finely thrown vessels and her practice extends to tableware, standalone pieces and large-scale installations. She makes each piece by hand, often altering the vessels. Firing with a gas kiln, and recently with a wood kiln, she is able to explore the colours of porcelain.

Find out all about Sue’s work here:

Website: www.sueparaskeva.co.uk
Instagram: @sueparaskeva

 

Tim Johnson

Artist and basketmaker

Tim Johnson is an English artist and basketmaker based near Barcelona in Spain. Since childhood Tim has indulged his passion and fascination with nature and the outdoors, an obsessive birdwatcher and succulent fancier he combines his craft of transforming wild plant materials into baskets with introducing others to the bounty of natural materials around them.

 

Useful Links:

Email: boatbaskets@gmail.com
Website: www.timjohnsonartist.com
Weaving by the Sea: weavingbythesea.blogspot.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/timjohnsonartist
Instagram: www.instagram.com/timjohnsonartist/

Yuki Solle

Cultivate the life

Yuki is a passionate foodie and is a lifestyle blogger sharing tips on healthy eating, eco-living and money-saving called www.cultivatethelife.com. Having spent most of her life working in hospitality, her green interests grew and gradually eco-living became a way of life. Yuki shares practical ways to eat and cook healthily naturally without costing the earth. Having moved from London to Surrey, she discovered the wonderful world of foraging and how that has rekindled a childhood connection with foraging wild foods. Having a strong interest in healthy eating and wellness, Yuki shares the benefits of foraging through her first book – Forager’s Notebook.

Where to find Yuki:

Websites: www.cultivatethelife.com

https://www.greenerandcleaner.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenerandcleaneruk

Charlotte English

Funky Makers Craft Studios

Head of Upcycling for Greener & Cleaner Bromley

Charlotte is a multi-crafter who is passionate about using her knowledge of various crafts to help people explore their creativity and connect via like-minded communities. She is a life-long learner and loves discovering new and innovative craft techniques using them to design new projects.  She is keen to make a difference to our environmental impact so actively encourages reuse of materials that would otherwise have been recycled or sent to landfill.  In her role for Greener & Cleaner Bromley, she hosts upcycling and mending workshops to help people hold onto to cherished items for longer or repurpose items into something new and useful.

In her Funky Makers role she works with children running Upcycle/Recycle After School Clubs instilling the reduce, reuse, repurpose ethos in young minds.  She also teaches knitting and stitching to both children and adults.  During Covid she has successfully run these workshops online.

Where to find Charlotte:

Funky Makers craftyinfo@funkymakers.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/funkymakers

Greener & Cleaner Bromley

Email: gcbbcharlotte@gmail.com

Website: https://www.greenerandcleaner.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenerandcleaneruk

Sonia Heaton

Sonia is a member of Greener & Cleaner Bromley & Beyond and is passionate about all things food related!  She also runs a Facebook page – The Green Plate, dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint via plant-based eating.

Useful Links:

Facebook: The Green Plate https://www.facebook.com/groups/1396514257166239

Website: https://www.greenerandcleaner.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenerandcleaneruk

Caroline Mace

I’m passionate about soil health and all the benefits of composting both individually, for our mental health and to reduce our environmental impact on our beautiful earth.

Video description- we created this video as a family to celebrate the magic and benefits of composting food waste at home. Join us to hear about the personal rewards and positive impacts on the environment that composting brings, as well as a brief explanation of what you can compost.

https://www.greenerandcleaner.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenerandcleaneruk

Leanne & Thea Lashbrook

Leanne was brought up to always reuse and recycle wherever possible as a child and has instilled this into her children.  She joined GCBB to get involved in local environmental initiatives and to share ideas. The current situation gave her the chance make changes to her spending and consumables and reconsider how she lived. She has always hated waste, rather than throw things away she has tried to find uses for broken or unwanted things.   She also has an Etsy shop selling bags made from scraps or fabric samples.

Leanne’s 8 year-old daughter Thea came up with a Barbie recycling project to makeover old preloved Barbies. Using only the materials they already had at home, they made bespoke outfits or recreated old ones, selling their re-inventions to raise money for Thea’s school.

Useful Links:

Etsy: @furloughcreations

Website: https://www.greenerandcleaner.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenerandcleaneruk

Stephen Sangster

Woodland Manager

Stephen is a woodland manager (amongst other things!) and is passionate about trees.  For the last 5 years he has been restoring neglected woodland in Kent and planting hundreds of new trees.  He has developed a network of Kent woodland owners with the aim of creating a co-ordinated and collaborative approach to improving woodland management in the county.  He is an active member of the Greener & Cleaner Bromley & Beyond (GCBB) campaign group – specialising in tree planting and air quality.  He is also a professional photographer and videographer – specialising in nature, wildlife and outdoor activity.

Follow his woodland journey on Instagram:  @Billet.Wood

E-mail: Steve_sds@hotmail.com

Website: https://www.greenerandcleaner.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenerandcleaneruk

Regan Anderton

Regan is owner, and tutor of ‘The Cooking Shed’ cookery school in West Wickham. She’s also Head of food waste reduction for local environmental group ‘Greener, Cleaner, Bromley & Beyond’ (GCBB). Regan created The Cooking Shed as a foodie haven for adults and children to EXPERIMENT, EXPERIENCE AND ENJOY the amazing flavours and skills that the world of food has to offer. All of the recipes used in her classes and on her zero waste supper nights are created by Regan, taking inspiration from popular spices, flavours, or key ingredients used from the representative countries. Regan also runs food waste reduction workshops for GCBB, and contributes to a weekly #FoodWasteWednesday Facebook initiative providing followers with ideas on how to use up frequently wasted food items.

Where to find Regan…

The Cooking Shed:

Email:   regan@thecookingshed.com

www.thecookingshed.com

Greener, Cleaner Bromley & Beyond:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenerandcleaneruk

https://www.greenerandcleaner.co.uk/