On Saturday 19th September, the Harvest Stomp festival took place in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The harvest-themed community festival celebrated local food growers and produce, wildlife and biodiversity.
There were a number of events for people to get involved in that were all based around the idea of local produce and sustainability. Events included:
- A vegetable orchestra playing on the stage
- A giant salad toss
- Local bee keepers showcasing their colonies of bees to visitors
The Landscape Group (TLG) led two events that focused on combining fun and biodiversity. At the first event TLG and a team of conservation volunteers planted 7000 snakes-head fritillary bulbs along the swale line by the Timber Lodge, which will create some colourful displays of flowers come the spring.
The TLG team also held a wildlife box workshop consisting of building bat boxes and insect hotels, and decorating bird boxes. The bird box decoration was very popular as children are always interested and happy to create something that will benefit wildlife. There was a prize for the best design and this was won by Amaya for her really vibrant and bright design.
Bat boxes were another great success. One of the children explained that he was working on a school project about woodland creatures, so he was excited to create a bat box that he could take home and put in his garden. The insect hotels were also hugely popular during the workshop and will provide homes for ladybirds, lacewings and woodlice to name a few!
TLG were delighted to be the sponsor of the “Cream of the Crop” contest. Regional Operations Director, Alistair Bayford, was one of the judges for the competition. Judging took place throughout the day with lots of different categories including longest runner bean, heaviest pumpkin, best planted welly boot and the most creative fruit and veg animal.
The Harvest Stomp Festival was funded by The London Development Fund Corporation and was produced by Groundwork London on behalf of Our Parklife.
This event attracted 3500 visitors and next year’s event is already being planned.