Lee Valley Summer Wildlife Carnival 15th September 2012

posted 22 Oct 2012, 07:29 by WildPlace YourSpace   [ updated 8 Nov 2012, 02:06 ]

More than 1,500 people came to enjoy the Lee Valley Summer Wildlife Carnival, including Waltham Forest Mayor Richard Sweden, who arrived on his bicycle to cut a traditional red ribbon, officially opening the community wildlife garden at the WaterWorks nature reserve in Leyton.  


The Mayor said: “Conserving and encouraging wildlife in the city is so important and I am grateful to everyone who has worked so hard on the Wild Place Your Space project.  I am sure it will give pleasure to everyone who visits it for many years to come.”


The day included, animal mask salsa drummers, steel pan performers, bird costumes, a harpist, traditional Turkish folk dancers, a giant dragonfly earth sculpture, a massive liviing willow dome, facepainters, pond dipping, minibeasts, ballons, freebies, delicious food and hosts of local community groups who all contributed with music, colour, movement and food to mark the official opening of the WaterWorks nature reserve’s new Community Wildlife Garden.


Visitors listened to the hidden talents of one of our volunteers, Anna Skodbo, harpist and fashion designer performing live in the living willow dome, and had an opportunity to watch young people from the Alevi Cultural Centre and Cemevi performing the Semah dance, accompanied by traditional musicians. 


The Lee Valley Summer Wildlife Carnival highlighted the successes of the Wild Place, Your Space project and was an opportunity for our partners, funders and our special guests to join in the fun and celebrations.


The Wild Place, Your Space team would like to thank the following individuals, groups and organisations for their contribution in making the Lee Valley Summer Wildlife Carnival such a great success.


  • Wesley Kerr, Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Stephen Wilkinson, LVRPA
  • Chris Corrigan, RSPB
  • Jean Lambert, Green Party MEP
  • Rhythms of Resistance, Salsa Band
  • The Alevi Cultural Centre and Cemevi
  • Lee Valley Park Events Team
  • Lee Valley Park Youth and Schools team
  • Lee Valley Park Biodiversity team
  • RSPB London and South East England teams
  • The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
  • Waltham Forest Asian Mother Group
  • Noor Ul Islam
  • Active Change Foundation
  • The Huddleston Trust
  • The Herbal Ladies
  • Pantonic Steel Orchestra from Hackney
  • Oval
  • The Bumblebee Conservation Trust
  • Union Hand Roasted Coffee
  • The Alevi Cultural Centre and Cemevi  
  • The Challenge Network
  • The 45 Wild Place Your Space volunteers helping at the Summer Wildlife Carnival
  • Since May 2011, 350 volunteers have contributed in creating the community wildlife garden.