Greensand Country Festival 26 May 2018 – Invertebrate Day

Written by Anne Walsh on . Posted in Greensand Festival, Latest Events

As part of the Greensand Country Festival, The Wildlife Trust is running their annual Invertebrate Day with the Flit Vale Local Group from 10am until 12:30pm on Saturday 26th May.

A joint event with Bedfordshire Natural History Society – many of their species recorders will be present. Come and see what wonderful creatures we can find on the Moor! Lots of help with identifying species – all equipment will be provided.

The event will take place at Flitwick Moor, a Wildlife Trust Reserve.

Narrow, uneven tracks which become slippery when wet.

Come and join us at this lovely reserve and see what we can find!

For directions and information on the site, go to: www.wildlifebcn.org/reserves/flitwick-moor-folly-wood. 

Volunteer Marketing and Communications Assistant Needed

Written by Anne Walsh on . Posted in Latest News

We are seeking a passionate and highly motivated volunteer who would like to help us deliver our marketing and communications for the Greensand Country.  We’re not looking for previous experience or qualifications just enthusiasm and passion and a willingness to learn and grow knowledge and skills. 

It is a really exciting time to join us as we are just launching a Destination Brand for Greensand Country.

As a volunteer working with the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership, you’ll get involved in some really interesting projects as you help us run our campaign to:

  1. Reach local communities and let them know about the Greensand Country.
  2. Explain to them what we do.
  3. Promote the funding that we can give out to make a difference to this landscape.
  4. Promote the new stories and open up the secrets about the Greensand Country.

If you would like to become a Volunteer Marketing and Communications Assistant or would like further information on this or any other volunteering opportunities, please contact team@greensandcountry.com or ring 01234 838774.

Volunteer Festival Assistant Needed

Written by Anne Walsh on . Posted in Greensand Festival, Latest News

We’re looking for a Volunteer or Intern to help us deliver our Greensand Country Festival.  No previous experience or qualifications required, just enthusiasm and passion.

We are planning a Greensand Country Festival, which will run from May 26th to June 3rd 2018. This will showcase everything that people love about the Greensand Country.

The Greensand Country Festival will be held over 10 days (and including school half-term).  Events will be held across the landscape.

This exciting programme will draw people into the Greensand Country where they will find a landscape rich in wildlife and cultural heritage, with its own special qualities and sense of place.

As our Festival Assistant, you will be talking to people and encouraging them to run events; working with the graphic designers to supply copy and imagery; visiting sites and ensuring that Health and Safety risk assessments are compiled; bringing together event details onto databases; chasing for information; booking appointments; writing emails; attending other fairs and festivals; maintaining lists and generally supporting us to deliver the Greensand Country Festival.

If you would like to become a Volunteer Festival Assistant or would like further information on this or any other volunteering opportunities, please contact team@greensandcountry.com or ring 01234 838774.

Greensand Country Festival 27 May 2018 – Guided Walk

Written by Anne Walsh on . Posted in Greensand Festival, Latest Events

As part of the Greensand Country Festival, Clophill Heritage Trust is hosting a 2 hour guided walk at 12 until 2pm on Sunday 27th May.

Starting and finishing at Clophill Eco Lodges, and taking in some of the beautiful Greensand Countryside around the village, this gentle walk is suitable for all ages, with plants and wildlife of interest pointed out along the route.

Please wear appropriate footwear for walking and bring wet weather gear/sun-cream depending on the weather!

£3 per person

For more information and to book, visit clophillecolodges.org.uk/events/ contact info@clophillheritage.org or  tel. 07935 911207

Greensand Country Festival 27 May 2018 – Sunday Teas

Written by Anne Walsh on . Posted in Greensand Festival, Latest Events

Clophill Eco Lodges will be opening its Nest as a Cafe and serving hot & cold drinks, as well as delicious homemade cakes as part of the Greensand Country Festival on Sunday 27th May.

Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate & Soft Drinks are all available and our cakes change monthly.

No need to book, and children and dogs are always welcome (although we do ask that dogs are kept on a lead due to food being served).

Volunteers will also be offering Tours of Old St. Mary’s Church & Tower; £3 Adult £2 Child

For more information and to book a table (for parties of 5+), visit clophillecolodges.org.uk/events/ contact info@clophillheritage.org or  tel. 07935 911207

Greensand Country Festival 29 May 2018 – Art Workshop

Written by Anne Walsh on . Posted in Greensand Festival, Latest Events

As part of the Greensand Country Festival, Clophill Eco Lodges is offering half term fun with local art professional, Colin Veitch.

With sessions from 10am until 4pm, participants will have the opportunity to paint with acrylics to create a mono-print….anyone can create Art with just a bit of gumption!

Please bring something you would like to draw or use the site to forage for your little piece of inspiration at the beautiful Eco Lodges.

£39.00 per person for the day, including all art materials.

Lunch is available at £5pp or bring your own if you prefer.

For more information and to book, visit clophillecolodges.org.uk/events/ contact info@clophillheritage.org or  tel. 07935 911207

Greensand Country Festival 31 May 2018 – Earth Day

Written by Anne Walsh on . Posted in Greensand Festival, Latest Events

To celebrate Earth Day, Clophill Eco Lodges will be opening up the site to anyone who would like to come and have a go at some wilderness crafts.

Open to all ages, this free afternoon will take place from 1pm to 4pm.

A variety of activities will be available to try including making willow hurdles, willow weaving, dead hedging, fire starting and more.

Our cafe will be open serving hot and cold drinks, cakes and soup.

Please visit clophillecolodges.org.uk/events/ contact info@clophillheritage.org or tel. 07935 911207 to book your space, as places are limited.

Greensand Country Festival 3 June 2018 – The Secret Garden Open Air Theatre

Written by Anne Walsh on . Posted in Greensand Festival, Latest Events

As part of the Greensand Country Festival, Clophill Heritage Trust will be holding two 40 minute shows at 12 and 2pm, at the Old Church, Clophill on Sunday 3rd June.

“As you close the gate’s door, you pause and smile. Until next time…” Follow Mary as she discovers the wonders of the Secret Garden, which is locked deep in her Uncle’s manor where she meets many interesting characters along the way, who quickly become her friends.

The English Gardner Theatre Company presents their 2 woman show of ‘The Secret Garden’; follow the action as they share Mary’s story, bringing the wonder of the garden to life at Clophill’s Old Church.

£5 per person

For more information and to book, visit clophillecolodges.org.uk/events/ contact info@clophillheritage.org or  tel. 07935 911207

Greensand Country Logo

New Brand to put Greensand Country on the Map

Written by Anne Walsh on . Posted in Latest News

A new destination brand for the distinctive, beautiful and loved countryside, which stretches from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay, looks set to raise the profile and popularity of the lesser known Greensand Country.

The vision is for Greensand Country to be recognised as a highly attractive landscape with a unique history, wildlife and culture that will encourage people to visit, enjoy, understand, value and look after for the long term.

The new Greensand Country brand creates a single identity, telling a joined up story of this distinctive landscape. Local tourist operators, businesses and other organisations will feel connected to the area and its identity and will use it to help promote the area as well as furthering their own objectives.

The brand, which was officially launched by the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership at a celebratory event attended by many of the partners involved in supporting the vision for the future of Greensand Country, depicts the unique Greensand Ridge that rises from the clay vales on either side. The heart shaped logo represents that this is a cherished landscape, with colours of the parkland, heathland and, most importantly, greensand running through it.

Jon Boswell, Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity, explains: “The new brand signifies a huge step forward in the future of Greensand Country, making it a destination that local people are proud to be a part of and those further afield are excited to visit.”

Ciara Harper, Communications & Marketing Manager for The Shuttleworth Collection, attended the recent launch event and commented on her enthusiasm for the new brand: “We are excited to be a part of a wider partnership that brings together the fantastic work of many local partners across Greensand Country and promotes the fascinating history and heritage of our impressive landscape.

“We are proud to be a part of Greensand Country and look forward to promoting it as a destination of importance and interest.”

Are you an organisation or business based within Greensand Country? We would love to hear from you about what you’re doing and how we can work together to promote and enhance the future of this landscape. Email team@greensandcountry.com or telephone the Greensand Country team on 01234 838774.

For further information about Greensand Country visit greensandcountry.com, Tweet us @greensandsocial or find us on Facebook.

The Greensand Country Landscape Partnership is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  It is made possible by National Lottery players. Without them we couldn’t fund the project.

Old Warden Circular

Written by Diana Spencer on . Posted in Latest News, Walk Of The Week

 

Location

– Old Warden, Ickwell and Northill

Distance

– 9 miles

Click on the map to see the full route on the Walk4Life website

Time Taken

– about 4 1/2 hours

Great For-

Reasonably Fit Walkers– One of our longer walks, although fairly flat throughout
Picturesque Cottages and Villages– the walk goes through three of the Greensand Country’s prettiest estate villages with lots of other fascinating buildings on the way

Contact us

  • Main Office.

    The Old School
    Cardington
    Bedford
    MK44 3SX

    (01234) 838774

  • Email:

    team@greensandcountry.com
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