How to get a head start on all things green

Bees, chalk streams, dry gardening and wellbeing are all hot topics at this year’s Green Festival at Chiltern Open Air Museum.

The family friendly event at Chalfont St Giles on Sunday 9 June will include theatre performances by Smoking Apples, featuring a giant bee puppet.

Children can take part in craft activities with Watford Recycling Group and discover what is in the museum’s ponds with Bucks Amphibian Group. Local horses will also be visiting to help welcome visitors.

Gardening will be a central theme with design experts on hand to talk about the best ways to plant a garden for various weather conditions.

Bucks Garden Trust will be talking about historical gardens in the county and the museum gardening team will be talking to visitors about the work they are doing in the gardens and how they manage to grow impressive vegetables.

There will be a theatre performance of Head Gardener (see illustration) where brothers Jake and Warren Oldershaw have propagated a theatre show that digs deep into the reasons why we could all do with a bit more horticulture in our lives.

Local bee keepers will also be on-site to discuss the importance of these animals and how we can help look after them.

Duck Pond Market will be bringing along a host of local market stalls for visitors to buy local, sustainably made products.

There will be live music played by local musicians throughout the event, alongside live broadcasting from Chiltern Voice Radio.

Local environmental groups will be on hand to talk to visitors. People can also see local bushcraft expert David Willis spoon carving and the museum’s flock of Oxford Down sheep will be having a trim in the farmyard.

There will be a focus on wellbeing with Tai Chi and Yoga taster sessions running throughout the day. The festivities start at 10am.

Helen Light, General Manager at the museum, said: ‘This is a fantastic community event with lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained while learning how you can help to look after the environment and your wellbeing.’

Chiltern Open Air Museum,
Chalfont St Peter,
Chalfont St Giles HP8 4AB
The museum in Bucks was founded in 1976.