Lee valley summer wildlife carnival

More than 1,500 people came to enjoy the Lee Valley Summer Wildlife Carnival 2012, 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 fantastic volunteers, Anna Skodbo, a local harpist and fashion designer performing live in the living willow dome. Visitors also 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
  • 45 volunteers helping at the Summer Wildlife Carnival
  • Over 350 volunteers who over the last 2 years who have contributed in creating the community wildlife garden.  

Who's taking part
  • TCV will be having a stall The Trust for Conservation Volunteers have confirmed that they will be having a stall at the event. Volunteers from TCV helped us clear down areas of the community wildflife garden in preparation for new pathways and habitats. Find out more at www.tcv.org.uk
    Posted 23 Aug 2012, 04:11 by Colin Bowen
  • Young people from The Challenge to help out at the event The Challenge have confirmed that a group of young people will be helping to make the event a great day for everyone!  The Challenge gives young people a chance to gain transferable skills, form new friendships and impact their local area. Find out more at www.the-challenge.org.uk.
    Posted 13 Aug 2012, 13:23 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • The RSPB Roadshow is coming! A fun way to find out more about the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and what we’re doing to help London’s nature and wildlife. Our wildlife has been disappearing at an alarming rate. But small steps make a big difference. If we all act together and get stuck in, we can save our wildlife. Come and find out how you can help. Find out about RSPB at www.rspb.org.uk.
    Posted 13 Aug 2012, 13:23 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Find out how to help wildlife in your local pond with Pond Conservation Half of the UK's ponds were lost in the 20th century and of those that remain 80% are in a poor state. Don't let things slip further back. Find out what you can do to help where you live. Find out about Pond Conservation at www.pondconservation.org.uk.
    Posted 13 Aug 2012, 13:24 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust will be having a stall The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the 'plight of the bumblebee'. In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically. Find out more about bumblebees and why they need our help at  www.bumblebeeconservation.org.
    Posted 13 Aug 2012, 13:25 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Stunning dance sequences from local Capoeira group A breathtaking display of dance and co-ordination is being brought into the mix thanks to a local Capoeira group. Capoeira is a native Brazilian Indian word given to a small partridge whose male is very jealous and engages in fierce fights with its rivals.Capoeira blends elements of dance, music, rituals, acrobatics, and fighting. Be prepared to be amazed...
    Posted 13 Aug 2012, 13:26 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Sikh Temple to bring drummers and martial arts Traditional drummers and breathtaking martial artists will be thrilling the public with open air performances at the event, which promises to add further excitement to the carnival mood...
    Posted 13 Aug 2012, 13:26 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Active Change Foundation join the community stalls The Active Change Foundation will be holding a stall letting everyone know about their organisation and what sharing their experiences of visiting the Lee Valley Regional Park during the course of the Wild Place, Your Space project.Find out more about the Active Change Foundation at www.activechangefoundation.org.
    Posted 13 Aug 2012, 13:13 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Wildlife face painting and henna art to brighten up the day The wildlife carnival theme is set to get a further lift with the promise of some beautiful face painting and amazing henna art, courtesy of the Waltham Forest Asian Mothers' Group. Wildlife is the theme of the day - make sure you get your outfit ready!Find out about the Waltham Forest Asian Mothers Group at http://www.wfamg.org.uk.
    Posted 13 Aug 2012, 13:18 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Lee Valley Regional Park brings on the spectacular mini-beasts! Staff and volunteers from Lee Valley Regional Park are laying on a spectacular array of mini-beast activities, including: 'Athletes of the mini-beast world', Self-guided trails and your very own 'Minibeast Olympics'. Find out about the Lee Valley Regional Park at www.leevalleypark.org.uk.
    Posted 13 Aug 2012, 13:20 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Local herbalists to be on hand Local herbalists will be sharing their knowledge of the many medicinal, culinary and aromatic herbs now found in and around the new Community Wildlife Garden!The new garden is already being used for regular guided walks that are open to the public. Check out the Lee Valley Regional Park's What's On guide for further information.
    Posted 1 Aug 2012, 16:47 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Salsa group and dancers to bring on the carnival! Musicians and dancers from a local Salsa group have pledged to raise up the carnival spirits, leading the Wildlife Carnival and helping along any new and budding dancers! Get your costumes ready...
    Posted 1 Aug 2012, 16:32 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Waltham Forest Asian Mothers to make carnival ribbons! The Waltham Forest Asian Mothers Group plan to help decorate the new giant willow dome with giant ribbons ready for the grand opening of the new Community Wildlife Garden at the Lee Valley Summer Wildlife Garden.Children and parents from Waltham Forest Asian Mothers Group have a special connection with the garden, having started work on our new giant willow dome as part of the International Women's Day Celebrations 2012.
    Posted 2 Aug 2012, 02:39 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Alevi Cultural Centre to bring live music and dancers Great News! The Alevi Cultural Centre, Hackney have kindly offered to bring live musicians and folk dancers to the event, with extra volunteers to help out and sound equipment!Volunteers from the Alevi Cultural Centre helped to create the unique new dragonfly earth sculpture in the Community Wildlife Garden.
    Posted 1 Aug 2012, 16:26 by WildPlace YourSpace
  • Carnival planning well underway... Wild Place, Your Space staff, volunteers and partners are bringing together a Summer Wildlife Carnival to remember!Already confirmed: an amazing a range of free wildlife activities in and around the new Community Wildlife Garden, performances such as live music and dance, family activities, guided tours, pond-dipping, athletes of the mini-beast world, community stalls – and of course plenty of nature and wildlife!
    Posted 1 Aug 2012, 16:05 by WildPlace YourSpace
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