The sun and the crowds turned out for the open day at Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre at Blakehill Nature Reserve, near Cricklade.
Recent rain had caused some concern, but on the day the mist cleared, the sun came out and over 200 visitors came to look at the newly built animal rescue centre and it’s wildlife care facilities.
As well as viewing the impressive facilities, guests enjoyed many stalls and activities such as tombola, plant and cake stalls, children’s lucky dip, novelty golf, darts competition, pin the tail on the squirrel, egg hunt, face painting, colouring competition, treasure hunt, raffle with over 30 prizes animal fact sheets.
Visitors also enjoyed live music kindly provided by The Dovetail Trio, refreshments and a tour of new education and visitors centre.
Patron Pam Ayres performed the opening ceremony by cutting the ribbon at the entrance and unveiling a new plaque displaying the name of the charity. Pam went on to tell the guests how important wildlife care was to her, the community and the environment.
Dr Gary Mantle, Chief Executive officer of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, who lease the site at Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve to Oak and Furrows, spoke about the importance of the partnership in ensuring the future of our wildlife heritage.
Barry Branigan, General Manager of Oak and Furrows, congratulated the charity founder and current Head of Animal Care Serena Stevens, on achieving 21 years of dedicated service to sick and injured wildlife and leading the charity to where it is today. He also praised the considerable contribution made by Project Manager Ray Hood who managed the entire relocation project over two years on a voluntary basis, therefore ensuring the charity’s future for the next 25 years.
About £3000 was raised on the day towards the cost of running the charity which had got considerably busier since moving to Wiltshire, and many new members were signed up.