What makes Halesworth’s Millennium Green?

Just along the river, beyond the Town Park in Halesworth lies the Millennium Green, open to public access at all times and an important local refuge for wildlife. To show everyone how its plants and animals, large and small, work together to make it such a special place, the Millennium Green Trust is holding four weeks of summer events as part of the national Festival of Ecology.

Over the course of these four weeks we will be surveying the flowers, the hedges and trees, the animals including voles, frogs, bats, owls, slow worms and grass snakes and colourful insects such as damsel- and dragonflies.

Only one in Suffolk
Halesworth Millennium Green was the only project in Suffolk to win a grant for this festival from the British Ecology Society, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. We want to share the fun of finding out more about nature on the Green as well as teaching all the budding ecologists in Halesworth techniques to measure and record what’s living next door to them….

Free events
You are invited to join some or all of a wide-ranging programme of FREE midweek walks and Sunday workshops, led by local experts, including a weekend “Eco-Fair” which will showcase everything we’ve found out so far.  Highlights of the weekend will be a nature table (bring along your nature finds and we’ll help you identify them); a willow weaving extravaganza – using willow from the Green to make a permanent sculpture along the new all-weather walking and cycling track and lots of craft activities for families to enjoy together.


We invite you all to Go Wild on Wednesdays!
For an active introduction why not join our walks and talks.
Meet at 6.30 p.m. on the white (concrete) bridge over the river just along the towpath from the Town Park. Each walk will last one to one and a half hours.

  • June 19th – General introduction to the Green’s Geology & Ecology
  • June 26th – Flowering plants – (everything from orchids to grasses!)
  • July 3rd – Hedges, trees, the orchard and its wildlife
  • July 10th – Bats, including a chance to use bat sound-detectors (9pm start)
  • July 17th – Owls, their food and roosts.

Sunday surveys
Meet at 6.30 p.m. on the white (concrete) bridge over the river just along the towpath from the Town Park.

  • June 30th Fur and scales – reptiles and amphibians (8 am start),
    small mammals (9.30am start)
  • July 7th Waterside insects (10 am start) – including dragonflies and damselflies.

Weekend “ECO FAIR”
Two days of Green activities. Marquee and start Angel Meadow – come through the Town Park

  • Saturday 13th July – surveys and recording – find out more by pond dipping, animal tracking/watching
  • Sunday 14th July – creative crafts – help make a permanent willow sculpture and make something smaller to remind you of the Green.

More info at http://millenniumgreen.halesworth.net/festival-of-ecology.html


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