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22 May 2022, 2.30 – 4.30pm 

Join Artist and Maker, Laura Halliwell in this free craft workshop to create bright and beautiful puppets inspired by beautiful bugs and marvellous minibeasts!

Children can make a ladybird or spider puppet, or perhaps invent their own beautiful beetle, snazzy snail or fabulous flying insect using a range of colourful craft materials. 

This activity is suitable for children aged 3+, young children will need adult support to complete the activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. There’s no booking but spaces are limited for each session, so we recommend you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

This event is part of our ‘SpringBurst’ season, the first of this year’s programmes of creative activities at the Curve Garden exploring plants, nature and biodiversity, supported by Hackney Council’s ‘Hello Again Hackney’ Fund. You can find out about their initiative, which allows residents to take advantage of discounted tickets and invitations to cultural events at venues across Hackney, at: www.lovehackney.uk/entertainment-offers

Sunday 22 May 2022, 3pm & 4.30pm

Love bugs and want to help them? Don’t really love bugs but know they are important? Either way you can join in a free drop-in session with author and environmental campaigner Vicki Hird and learn about the extraordinary wildlife all around you, and why and how we can help them to help us.  From the pollinating bees, wasps and flies, to the soil creating worms and from the aphid eating beetles to the water filtering nematodes – they all matter and are all under threat from pollution and other harms. Rebugging can be very easy to do and can be about your garden and green spaces, what you eat and wear and what you do as a citizen – and it really can be quick and easy. And we need everyone to do a bit to help the bugs which are a critical part of the natural systems we love and depend on for everything really.

Vicki Hird MSc FRES is Head of the Sustainable Farming Campaign for Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming and an award-winning environmental campaigner, researcher, writer and strategist working mainly on food, farming and environmental issues and solutions. Vicki’s other passion is insects and other invertebrates. She has a Masters in Pest Management and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES). She is the author of Rebugging  the Planet – The Remarkable Things that Insects (and Other Invertebrates) Do – and Why we need to love them more, published September 2021 by Chelsea Green Publishing.

Vicki Hird MSc FRES is Head of the Sustainable Farming Campaign for Sustain: The Alliance for Better Food and Farming and an award-winning environmental campaigner, researcher, writer and strategist working mainly on food, farming and environmental issues and solutions. Vicki’s other passion is insects and other invertebrates. She has a Masters in Pest Management and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES). She is the author of Rebugging  the Planet – The Remarkable Things that Insects (and Other Invertebrates) Do – and Why we need to love them more, published September 2021 by Chelsea Green Publishing.

‘Rebugging the Planet’ at the Curve Garden is aimed at adults and older children. There will also be a ‘Beautiful Bugs & Marvellous Minibeasts’ drop in puppet-making session for younger children and their adult carers, taking place on the same afternoon. There’s no need to book but places are limited so we recommend you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Sunday 8 May, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm

Join Alison Benjamin from Urban Bees for a bee’s eye view of the flowers, trees and shrubs on a bee tour of Dalston Curve Garden. Alison describes the connection between bees and plants:

They provide a smorgasbord of delights for the docile wild bees living in Hackney: from hairy-footed flower bees, to large bumblebees, tiny solitary bees and even ‘cuckoo’ bees“. 

The bee tours will help you learn about why wild bees are so important, fascinating facts about bees, and the simple steps you can take to help support them.

There will be three bee tours taking place throughout the afternoon at 2.30pm, 3.30pm or 4.30pm. There’s no booking required, but spaces will be limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

You can follow Alison on Instagram @alison_urbanbees, Twitter @BeesintheCity and Facebook @UrbanBees

This event is part of our ‘SpringBurst’ season of creative activities exploring plants, nature and biodiversity. SpringBurst is the first of this year’s programmes which are taking place until the end of 2022, supported by Hackney Council’s ‘Hello Again Hackney’ Fund. You can find out about their initiative, which allows residents to take advantage of discounted tickets and invitations to cultural events at venues across Hackney, at: www.lovehackney.uk/entertainment-offers

Photo Credit: Tree Bumble Bee @Penny Metal