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The Suntrap team is now on tour (funded by Great Place: Creative Connections) as our much loved building will be closed for major refurbishment work, funded by the London Borough of Waltham Forest.  

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  • Yardley Primary School

    Christmas Fayre

    The Suntrap team had fun celebrating Christmas at the Yardley Primary School Fayre, in Chingford at end of November.  We brought some of our animals and we all received a warm welcome.   

    Meet the animals
  • Walthamstow Wetlands exhibition

    Throughout November 2019

    During November our beautiful artworks by artist-in-residence were put on display at The Engine House, Walthamstow Wetlands.  The backdrop landscape complimented all the pieces!  

    Visit here to order prints
  • Competition to win free set of art cards!

    Until end December 2019

    Do you recognise where in Epping Forest our set of seven art cards produced by our artist-in-residence Emma Smith were photographed?  If you do, come along to one of our activities or workshops during November and December and if you're the first to let us know you'll receive a free set!  Available to buy for £10 at the sessions.  

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  • Natural Heritage workshop at Hale End Library E4

    20 November 2019

    At our free Natural Heritage workshop Kerry Phillips won our pack of 7 art cards.  Kerry said: 'The kids had a fab time looking at insects and doing leaf rubbings making cards and bookmarks. I won a set of postcards which are amazing'!

     

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  • Edinburgh Primary School, Walthamstow

    4 November 2019

    In early November we ran Treemendous Tree session with Year 6 students from Edinburgh Primary School. in their local green space.

    One pupil said 'It's really good for us to learn this because we're the next generation and we need to take care of the world.  We need to know this.'   Our thoughts exactly!  

     

    School activities
  • Why the outdoors is great

    November 2019
    Waltham Forest Echo

    Author Helen Bigham urges children and young people get out and about for Outdoor Classroom Day on Thursday 7 November 2019.

    Read more
  • Support the environment!

    November 2019

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is collating data on Outdoor Education visits to natural environment sites for their work on Natural Capital.  Recording this information is important for environmental decision making. 

    Read more on how you can help.
  • Revamp of The Hub website

    Launch 9 November 2019

    The Hub website, the main communication channel for all professionals working in - an supporting schools, early years and 16 to 19 education provision in Waltham Forest will be relaunching. on 9 November.  Register on this as we plan to contribute topical blogs.   

    Read more
  • North Chingford Heritage and Art Trail

    24-27 October 2019

    Illustrations by our artist in residence Emma Smith were displayed during this event.  It was so popular that the display will remain at North Chingford library until end November.  Chance to view our plans for the refurbishment. 

    Video of event
  • The Spinney Care Home, Chingford

    23 October 2019

    We were given a warm welcome by the lovely residents at this Care Home in Chingford.  It was a pleasure to talk with a group of people who have so much knowledge of the forest and to hear their stories about this very special place.

    Contact us to discuss visits
  • Waltham Forest Climate Survey

    Fill in the survey to help fight climate change!

    Do you know how much carbon is stored in an oak tree, or why it matters? At anoutreach session on Wanstead Flats pupils from Buxton School, Leytonstone were asked to find out.  They learnt about the role trees play to stop the effects of environmental climate changes. 

     

     

    Fill in the climate survey
  • Prints available!

    www.allcoloursonly.co.uk/suntrap

    Our commissioned illustrations produced by Emma Smith have been so popular we've joined with All Colours Only a specialist art print company to enable fans of Suntrap to buy prints in a variety of sizes.

    Order here
  • Art exhibition and workshop at One Hoe Street E17

    Saturday 19 October 2019 11.00-3.00

    Putting the finishing touches to our event at One Hoe Street, E17.  Free art workshop, chance to meet the artist Emma Smith and from 1.00 onwards the animals will be arriving for an educational session.

    Find out more
  • Grandad's Island at Langthorne Park

    Sunday 13 October 2019

    We took along some of our animals for the finale of this fantastic programme of events.  It was a great opportunity to educate local children about the importance of respecting animals.   

    Photo credit: James Robertshaw

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  • Car-free day in Walthamstow

    Sunday 22 September 2019

    We had a great day meeting lots of people who shared their Suntrap memories with us.  It gave us the chance to help educate on the importance of respecting our local natural environment.  

    upcoming events
  • Bringing wildlife to local libraries

    September 2019
    Waltham Forest Echo

    Helen Bigham helps bring wildlife to local libraries this month.  Article about the Suntrap Library Roadshow and the important role libraries play. 

    Read more
  • Swarm Exhibtion, Vestry House Museum

    Saturday 21 September 2019

    The Suntrap team brought along our portable hive and honey spinner to let visitors experience the process of harvesting honey.  It was a bee-utiful experience!

    Slide show of the honey harvesting
  • William Morris Gallery Family Open Day

    Saturday 31 August 2019

    The Suntrap animals were introduced to the many visitors who came to this fun event.  Chance to learn an important life lesson in facing your fears! 

    Suntrap animals on tour
  • Smithfield Street Party

    A Beastly Advenutre

    The team ran a stall at this great event.  9000 people came along which gave us a great opportunity to bring nature nearer to them!  Our first visitor was a friendly City of London policeman.  

    Suntrap animals on tour
  • Clearing the site!

    August 2019 update

    Our decrepit green hut, garage and animals sheds are all now gone!  Looks so different without them. We're glad our Artist in Residence, Emma Bond captured them on canvas before they were pulled down!   

     

    Keep updated on exhibition news
  • Free workshops for all schools in Waltham Forest!

    Autumn 2019 - Spring 2020

    Through Great Places:Creative Connection Scheme funding Suntrap is running free workshops on our local heritage and natural environment for Waltham Forest schools.   

     

     

    Book your free space!
  • Waltham Forest Library Roadshow

    September 2019 onwards

    In Waltham Forest we're on a Library Tour with an inspirational exhibition and the chance to meet the Suntrap animals and learn more about our local heritage.

     

    Library Roadshow
  • Open Day

    Saturday 29 June 2019

    It was wonderful to see so many visitors at our Open Day on Saturday 29 June. Our Facebook page has more photos from the event, please leave a post with your own reminisces of Suntrap.

     

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  • Wow! £4.1 million to be invested in Suntrap Centre!

    Waltham Forest Council has made a £4.1 million investment in Suntrap to upgrade and improve the facilities on offer to families and young people. 

    Get the full story here.

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