Posted by: laurahct | July 31, 2015

Open Day reviewed

Chesworth Farm busy weekend part 2 (very wet):  launching our first Friends’ Open Day, a keen group of wildlife photographers tackled all kinds of technical challenges in the quiet of the farm’s wetland under the expert eye of professional photographer Andrew Forsyth.

This outing was followed by Andrew’s lecture on “Behind the lens: how to be a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition” – this time in the comfort of the Volunteer Centre – complete with its hastily-lit wood burner to dry everyone out after a morning in the rain.

And other hardy visitors who braved the weather were given a warm welcome both at the farm’s Queensway entrance and at our attractions – pond-dipping, face-painting and our “All things dogs” stall. Plus our refreshments team was on hand all day to offer drinks plus mouth-watering sausage rolls and platefuls of cakes.

Other displays included photographs of the farm’s wetland project “before and after” and information about HDC’s other countryside sites.  The Friends’ verdict on the day: a good foundation event though we hope to “choose” a sunny day next year! Thanks to Andrew Forsyth, members, friends, HDC staff and Horsham’s MP, Jeremy Quin, who visited us, for support behind the scenes and on the day.

For more about Andrew Forsyth’s work: www.thewildlifephotographer.com.

See our Facebook page or previous post for our Happiest Chesworth Dog photo competition.

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