30 Days Wild challenge

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Picture credit: Nick Upton

More than 10 million random acts of wildness in month-long challenge

More than 400,000 people carried out in excess of 10 million ‘random acts of wildness’ as part of the 30 Days Wild Challenge in June.

Wildlife enthusiasts were encouraged to do something wild and enjoy nature every day, taking part in the Wildlife Trusts’ initiative which proved to be more popular than ever this year.

As well as the 50,000 households who signed up for their free packs, wall charts, stickers and wildflower seeds, more than 9,000 schools, 1,300 businesses and 570 care homes also took part.

Wildlife Trusts’ head of communications Joanna Richards said: “It’s been an extraordinarily wild month! We’ve loved seeing the creative and inventive activities of people taking part right across the UK – getting up close to bugs, butterflies and birds, rewilding a garden or making a daisy chain.  You don’t need to go far to appreciate wildlife and often the simplest interactions can bring us the most joy.”

Wildlife gardening in homes, care homes and schools was a popular activity, with people creating small ponds, building homes for bugs, sowing wildflowers, noticing the birds and insects that visited and pledging not to mow their lawns, to encourage more variety of wildlife to flourish.

Other Random Acts of Wildness included:

– Waking up early to hear the dawn chorus at its best

– Organising beach cleans and litter picks

– Noticing a rainbow of flowers and trees growing in towns and countryside

– Creating wild works of art from petals, leaves and feathers.

– Care homes residents and carers have enjoyed planting pollinator-friendly blooms, making leaf art and creating wild playlists, with music inspired by nature.

Wisley garden

Karen Neville

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Make the most of the longer evenings thanks to some highlights this month at RHS Garden Wisley in Woking

Various events “after hours” at RHS Wisley should have you enjoying summer to its fullest. Quad Cinema will screen three films from 11th – 13th July including Mamma Mia, Bohemian Rhapsody and The Greatest Showman.

On Wednesday, 17th July, join Surrey Bat Group for an evening walk, and on 24th July pet owners can bring their dogs for walkies. On 26th visitors can enjoy and evening stroll and some live music in the garden until 9pm. There will also be an open-air theatre performance of The Wind in the Willows on Sunday, 28th, at 5.30pm.

Fuchsias are the focus of the Glasshouse display at RHS Garden Wisley from 6th July to 18th August, with a colourful display from Wisley’s fuchsia collection. The Glasshouse Gallery hosts the Carnivorous Plant Society for its show between 20th and 21st July with talks, advice, sales and a special presentation each day at 11an and 3pm entitled The Natural History of Carnivorous Plants.

Jazz in the Garden will take place each Saturday afternoon, 1-4pm at RHS Garden Wisley, when Chi Jazz entertain Wisley visitors from the Butterfly Pavillion. RHS Garden Wisley invites you to help celebrate 50 years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar with some fun family adventures in the Garden. They will also explore lifecycles and help children understand where their food comes from and how it grows.

Info

RHS Wisley, GU23 6QB; call 01483224234, email [email protected] or visit their website

Vintage Fashion Fairs

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Passion for vintage fashion at Farnham Maltings 

If you have a passion for classic fashion then you should make a date to visit the Vintage Fashion Fair at Farnham Maltings with a range of clothing, accessories and textiles to browse. 

Carefully selected traders offer authentic vintage from the Victorian era through to the 1980s.  Everything from affordable pieces to designer and collectible treasure in gorgeous prints, colours and fabrics can be found.  There is always a great selection of jewellery and accessories to add some vintage style to an outfit.  

Vintage fashion offers an opportunity to own and love pieces that are timeless, unique, great quality and represent fantastic value for money.  From an environmental perspective vintage allows re-use and avoids landfill.  

From a fashion perspective vintage lets you showcase your individuality and personal style.  Whether you dress head to toe in 1940s originals or add a 1980s jacket to a modern jeans and t-shirt outfit, vintage can enhance your look. 

Vintage Fashion Fair Farnham has been created by experienced fair organiser Marilyn Tye and owner of vintage fashion business Pret-A-Vintage, Nicola Chinn.  Their quality bi-monthly vintage fair at Farnham Maltings showcases the best, authentic, wearable vintage fashion, accessories and textiles from local, London and UK dealers. 

Stallholders are hand-picked to bring together a varied selection to suit all tastes and budgets.   

Vintage fashion fairs are a great way to shop for vintage.  At the fair you can shop a selection from  20 dealers who have searched far and wide to find and restore beautiful pieces from the Victorian era through to the 1980s, ready for you to own and love.

The next fair is on Saturday, 16th March and open from 10am until 4pm for just £2 entry, under 16s free. 

Some dealers accept card payments but others accept only cash so please bear this in mind.  There are a number of cashpoints in the town centre which is a 3 minute walk away.