Some of our members joined in with other WI members from across West Sussex on three events run by our WI Federation Public Affairs and Environment sub-committee this summer.
Warnham Nature Reserve Outdoor Talk and Walk – pond-life and plant-life was described to members by the wardens at this nature reserve near Horsham with passion for conservation. What a gem – a public space hidden just off the A24 near Horsham – well worth a visit.
In a Spin …. on a July summer evening – was held at a delightful venue at Field Place in Durrington. WI members, friends and family, were able to reflect the impact micro plastics may have in our oceans, and consider ways of reducing the detrimental effect on wildlife and potentially human life. An informative and thought provoking evening, with speakers from National WI Federation, Southampton Oceanographic Centre and Southern Water.
Barfoots of Botley Farm Visit – Barfoots’ farmers treated a total of 80 members from WIs across West Sussex to tractor trailer tours of their local farm at Pagham. They explained the workings of the farm, from planting through packaging and marketing the vegetable produce. It was impressive: the way Botleys balance environmental challenges with the need to produce our food was remarkable. To be given such a close insight into modern farming practices was an honour.
Each event was rewarded by good weather, good company and good speakers – reminding us how we can expand the value of our WI membership by joining in events put on by our WI Federation, advertised each month in the West Sussex News.
Words and photos: Jan Marsden