Shropshire Events

Wreath making event

Where

Manor House Reserve Base, Whixall, Shropshire, SY13 2PD. Car parking available. GR: SJ 50531 36555

Contact

Phone: 01948 880362

Email: info.whixall@naturalengland.org.uk

Dates

From: Saturday 7th of December 2019 10:00:00 AM

To: Saturday 7th of December 2019 03:00:00 PM

Event Details

7th & 8th December 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the making of traditional Whixall Christmas wreaths was an activity which formed a large proportion of the annual income of families dwelling around the Mosses. They would be shipped by train to Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham – and even as far as London.

Wreath making was a traditional activity for families living around what is now the Fenn’s & Whixall NNR and the whole family, including young children, would play a part. One attendee at last year’s event was told by her 75-year-old grandfather that he remembered helping collect materials and make wreaths when he was a child of five.

You will be shown how to make a traditional Christmas wreath using materials gathered from the Mosses by the Natural England team. Originally the main ingredient was sphagnum moss, the plant that forms the basis of peat regeneration. This is now a precious substance and a major part of the restoration work being undertaken by the Marches Mosses BogLIFE Partnership.

Due to the popularity of this event booking is essential:

E-mail: info.whixall@naturalengland.org.uk or phone 01948 880362

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