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“Creative Homes For Creatures” Crafting Workshop

The Rye Community Food & Wildlife Garden is expanding our wildlife area and we’d like to adorn it with creative and artistic habitats for all the little critters that make a home there: bees, birds, bats, owls, butterflies, etc.

We’re holding a community-wide contest to find the most original and artistic creature homes to become permanent fixtures in our garden.

FREE INFORMATIONAL CRAFTING WORKSHOP! Saturday, 12th August 2023 13:00-15:00
Held at the Rye Community Food & Wildlife Garden at the end of Love Lane in Rye

Lucy Bowyer, Senior Communities and Wildlife Officer at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, will educate us on local creatures and what habitats are needed; Louisa Crispin, Wildlife Artist, will share artistic perspectives on creature homes; and Barry Parsons, local craftsman & hobbyist will lead the actual crafting of houses for attendees who would like to build one.

Basic supplies (wood, nails, screws, etc) and tools (hammers, saws, drills, etc) will be supplied. However, feel free to bring along anything to decorate and embellish your creation.

This workshop is held in correlation with Rye Community Garden’s “Creative Homes for Creatures” Community Contest. Attendees are not required to enter the contest but they are welcome to do so.

Contest & Workshop Information:

The contest and workshop are free and open to everyone.

Contestants are not required to attend the offered workshop to enter.

Contest runs from 1st August to 16th September 2023.

All entries must be brought to the Rye Community Food & Wildlife Garden at the end of Love Lane in Rye any Saturday between 10:00-12:00 within this contest timeframe.
Deadline for entries is noon on Saturday, 9th September 2023.

Winning entries in each category will become permanent installations at the garden and will be selected by celebrity judge, Neil Buchanan from Art Attack, during the Rye Arts Festival kickoff on Saturday, 16th Sept. from 10:00-12:00.

Judging Categories are as follows:
—Most Original
—Most Artistic
—Most Sustainable
—Best for Birds
—Best for Bees
—Best for Bats
—Best for Butterflies
—Best for Other Creatures
—Best Youth Creation (under 16)
—People’s Choice Award

It may be possible for a single entry to win multiple categories.

Winners and winning entries will be posted on the Rye Community Garden(RCG) Facebook page on 16th September 2023.

Prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded to winners of each category at noon on 16th September at the RCG. Entrants do not need to be present to win, although we’d love to celebrate with all the prize winners.

Please visit our Facebook page for more information and any updates.
Questions or enquiries: Call/text Dena Smith Ellis at 07391 775807.

Rye Community Food & Wildlife Garden is cultivating a well-fed and W.IS.E.* community. (*Wellbeing. Integrity. Sustainability. Education.)


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