A scheme designed to get families and young people into the borough’s parks to take part in fun, healthy activities is to be launched at a scout camp open day on Sunday.
The Croydon Outdoor Explorer Network will pull together the range of outdoor and nature activities provided across the borough’s parks and green spaces, and ties in with the Croydon Heart Town initiative, jointly run by the council and the British Heart Foundation.
The network’s launch will be on Sunday (24), between 10am and 4.30pm, at Pinewood Scout Camp, Shirley Church Road.
The event is aimed at families and young people, and will showcase the variety of providers of outdoor activities, forest school, and nature play in Croydon’s parks and green spaces.
An exciting timetable of fun activities has been drawn up, and will include something for everybody aged four and over. The activities include: archery, nature arts and craft, campfire cooking, kayaking, a climbing wall, face painting, woodland theatre, mud play sessions, and more.
While some have a small charge, age restrictions, and need to be pre-booked, most will be free and accessible on the day without booking. For more information about the day, email the council’s community partnership officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07766 421236.
To learn more about the Croydon Outdoor Explorer Network, go to www.croydon.gov.uk/outdoorexplorer
“Sunday promises to be a really enjoyable day, with plenty for everybody to get involved with, while being out in the open air and exerting themselves in healthy pursuits.
“Additionally, of course, it will be the launch of the Croydon Outdoor Explorer Network, designed to convince more people that they should take advantage of the many great parks we’re lucky to have in Croydon.
“The council organises a number of events, walks and activities throughout the year and they’ll all come under the network’s umbrella, providing an easy point from which residents and visitors can find out what’s going on – and get involved.”
Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport
Visitors to Sunday’s event should be mindful that Pinewood is a wild woodland with tree stumps, prickly bushes, a stream and a small lake. There will be open fires and hand tools in use, although these will always be very carefully looked after by the day’s facilitators.
It might also be a little muddy in places, so care should be taken when walking – or running – around the site.