Site address
(not postal)

Woodcroft Wildspace
Downes Court


N21 3PT



On Sunday 13th July between 11am and 3pm, Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, North London Hospice and Woodcroft Wildspace held a joint community fund raising event for all three registered charities. It was planned as a family fun day held at Woodcroft Wildspace and centred around the Community Events Meadow. There was the opportunity to explore the wildspace and to fully understand all the fantastic work done by Nightingale Cancer Support,and North London Hospice to help sufferers from cancer and other serious conditions and their families. The day was a great success and the weather was much kinder than forecast.

Press report here.

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The day was simply excellent. All the stallholders  turned up, put up their gazebos, some with a little help from volunteers, in amongst all the usual chaos of cars and keenness to get started at such an event. Come 11 o'clock all the cars and vans disappeared by way of the same magic with order restored and everyone ready. The community arrived, first in a trickle then a very pleasant and manageable stream; with people entering and leaving through the day some 300 attended.

Some found the Zumba way up at the top of the site in the Open Air Classroom and did their keep fit bit up there. The Fitness Station also did an outdoor fitness demo just off the main arena, showing the sort of exercise to come when the Eco-Gym is fully ready. Kids football was also popular just next door and the orienteering also had some keen families exploring the Wildspace.  The Pimms and beers tent was suitably popular as were the food and all the other stalls.

In the children's section the Teddy Bears had a great picnic in the new Covered Learning Area with other opportunities for face painting, games and the ever popular bouncy castle. Although not as serene an environment as is usual, the outdoor Yoga sessions also showed what can be done.

In the Organic Sensory Garden Bernie and Martine were extolling the virtues of no dig gardening, enthusing a couple more gardeners to take up the challenge.

We were also visited by our local Councillors taking a firsthand interest in this community fund raising event for the Nightingale Centre, North London Hospice and Woodcroft Wildspace.

The ladies on entry duty were surprised at how many people did not know Woodcroft Wildspace existed, so the event has helped to spread the good word. A family, bound for an afternoon's walk in Grovelands Park, heard our string quartet and came along out of curiosity. They stayed and had a great time. Raffle tickets were sold and the prizes, donated by local businesses, were exciting and unusual. Many thanks to all who contributed.

One of the Gazette photographers came by and was particularly taken with the difference being welcomed by the Quartet playing by the entrance. At least one neighbour also complimented them and came to listen, having enjoyed them from the back garden.

Thanks to all our volunteers– a great day all round. For lots more photos and write up please CLICK HERE

Official event photography by Andrew Prod Photography.