Heritage Open Days 2021
This year the theme for Heritage Open Days is "Edible England". On Rye Meadows we have various plants that come under that category:-
Blackthorn (berries) = Sloe Gin
Dandelion and Burdock (roots fermented) = Mead or Beer
Stinging Nettle and Wild Garlic (leaves) = Soup
Brambles (fruits) = Blackberry Jam or Pie
Clover (and Bees!) = Honey
The meadows will be open to the public to walk through from 10th September until Sunday 19th September. Opening times are 10am until 4pm. No booking is required. On Sunday 12th September the volunteers will be setting up a stand in Centenary Field and be available to answer questions on the Meadows, how it all started and what future plans there are. We will have available for sale some of our merchandise that make good Christmas presents. We will also be previewing our forthcoming book on the Great Marsh.
If the weather is kind, bring a picnic. The wooden walkway in Centenary Field is an ideal spot to sit and take in the view, and there are seats by the pond. You might see the resident kingfisher on the hunt for his lunch.
To find Rye Meadows come to the beginning of the footpath (FP596) from Bushey Shaw/Fairholme Crescent. The entrance to Centenary Field is on your left after some 100 metres. There will be signs out on 12th. If driving, please do park considerately so we don't upset our neighbours.