Tree planting and Easter eggs on opening weekend
Jean Kerrigan reports on a successful opening weekend at Brixton Windmill
The official opening of the summer season at Brixton Windmill on Easter weekend went very well, with a good turnout of volunteers and visitors, helped by publicity in Time Out magazine.
The weekend kicked off with a tree planting by the children's playground on Saturday. This was a red horse chestnut, chosen to replace the diseased chestnut tree that had to be cut down and has now been turned into a seat.
Annie Jones of Blenheim Gardens Residents Management Organisation and Annick Alet from the Friends of Windmill Gardens Parks Group planted the tree after Donald Campbell and his team from Veolia dug the hole. Two young girls from Blenheim Gardens Estate also joined in.
All our volunteer guides and stewards who worked so well on both days were much appreciated by the visitors, who wrote some lovely comments in the visitors book, including:
"What a great building – great for Brixton! I really enjoyed this tour."
"Absolutely amazing. What an inspiring project."
"Friendly, informative tour. Really interesting & lovely building. Many thanks."
"Very informative well trained guides – thank you."
"We are really pleased we came. Great day out."
From 3pm on Sunday 40 children joined in the egg hunt organised by Development and Education Officer Lisa Rigg. This went extremely well, and the park was full of families with children racing round following clues in their hunt for a chocolate egg.