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Wild IN THE WooDs - 2021

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After so long in lockdown protecting family and friends, we wanted the children to have a theme that celebrated freedom, fun, adventure and a love of the great outdoors. Over 460 children learnt about the life of trees, woodland habitats and species, together with stories and folklore inspired by our native woodland.

Through specialist presentations from the Sussex Wildlife Trust, they learnt about the role trees play in our environment and the many fascinating species that live in the woodland habitats.


With the assistance of our professional artists, the children created carnival costumes that became a moving forest of young people.

Each school represented a native tree and carried a representation of their tree at the front of their school group. The children were invited to attach their wishes for the future to the branches of the tree. All these structures came together at the end of the parade to make a beautiful children’s “Wish Tree” installation in the Paddock.

The Wish Tree was exhibited after the parade so that our community could read the wishes and support our children in creating the future they are wishing for. It was seen at Old Hamsey Church floral week-end and The Church of St John sub Castro. There are more photos on Edward Reeves website

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Each school child taking part wrote a wish which was attached to the wishing tree and displayed during the parade.

other activities in 2021


This dance was learnt by the school children taking part and performed on the day of the parade.


This year The Moving On parade was celebrated with images printed onto the Lewes pound notes. These were kindly donated and every child taking part this year received one Lewes pound note.

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