Wood Carving Demonstration

From Mike Anderson

For the Queen’s birthday celebration event on Rowley Fields on the 12th June I will scrub up as best I can, wear something practical but clean and give a practical demonstration of simple wood carving. I’ll try to show, using just three hand tools – an axe, a knife and a spoon knife – how to turn a piece of wood into something else. Like, a spoon, an owl head, a dala horse, a whistle, a fox log, a mushroom or a mouse. I’ll also be offering all my modest carvings for sale with all proceeds going to Butterfly Conservation. For those who would like to get some hands on experience there will be the chance to pay a little more and enter a draw for a free spoon carving lesson with me.

Each spoon on display will be unique: it’s size and shape dictated by the type of wood, its characteristics and how I felt at the time I carved it. In many of the spoons I’ve retained some of the character of the original piece of wood with knots, blemishes, cracks, a bit of bark, a twist in the grain, all kept. With 80 of these spoons for sale, there should be something for everyone. All are hand carved, sealed with olive oil and may even come with a story about the type of wood, how I came by it, how it turned out the way it did and when it was created. Other items are just things I’ve enjoyed making.  Come along and don’t forget to bring some money. Everything must go so don’t expect craft fair prices. A couple of pounds will secure a unique spoon and a few pennies a whistle.

wooden owl                             wooden horse



Stratford Town Trust Members Surgery

At the end of the 2015 AGM I was invited to speak about the formation of the Friends of Rowley Fields in doing so I urged the Trustees to engage and consult more widely with the membership in order to help build Trust. Finally it seems the Trust have listened and is holding a ‘Members Surgery’ on Friday 3rd June between 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm at The Arts House. Can I urge Trust members to attend and meet with the Trustees and Chief Executive. Communicating our views is really important, (as members we have at times felt we were being overlooked). The Trustees have an important role, they need our support and this is a opportunity for members to have their say in perhaps easier surroundings than the AGM. See the link for information – may I suggest use it or loose it!

Tim Bailey


Free Wild Flower Seeds

Late in 2015 Friends of Rowley Fields applied for a supply of free wild seeds from ‘Grow Wild’ a Lottery funded scheme managed by the Royal Botantical Gardens Kew. Originally, the thought was that we could sow them in parts of Rowley Fields and thereby enhance the views further. However, that will not be possible during 2016 and we therefore have around 30 packets of seeds which we would like to offer members, they can be sown in pots, tubs or beds. If you would like a packet please respond by the FoRF email link and we will arrange collection etc.

More information about the scheme can be found at:


Seeds in our mix

Grow Wild seed packets contain a colourful mix of UK native-origin wild flower seeds, which have been researched and sourced by experts at the UK Native Seed Hub in partnership with UK based seed suppliers. 

Grow Wild shares seed packets with groups and individuals through seasonal promotions and over 100 partner organisations across the UK. Over a million people have already got involved to transform unloved spaces into colourful wild flower havens.

Safety notice

Sensible garden precautions should be followed when growing wild flowers, so refrain from eating any plant not known to be edible, wash hands after working in the garden and before eating or touching lips and eyes, and see that pets and children who cannot be entirely trusted not to consume vegetation are supervised.

Grow Wild seed mixes contain a selection from the following list of UK native wild flowers:

Grow Wild seeds are not to be used in or near nature conservation areas.