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The 19th century stable yard

The 19th century stable yard
NTPL Zoë Colbeck

Thursday, 19 January 2012

We are lucky to have a fantastic team of volunteers in our Livinggreen Centre and without them we wouldn't be able to keep the exhibition open every day or answer the many questions from our visitors. Recently, however, some of our volunteers have been inspired to recycle creatively and have introduced some new additions to our exhibition.
Julie took an unused pallet from Morden Hall Park and made this beautiful chair. As comfortable to sit on as it is lovely, it really does highlight how easy it can be to transform something unwanted into a lovely piece of furniture.
One of the most popular parts of our exhibition is the wood burning stove, and visitors love having the opportunity to sit by the fire in our recycled cable drum rocking chairs. Adding an extra cosiness to the chairs are some gorgeous knitted rugs, courtesy of our volunteer Eileen. If you're a knitter, you'll know that you end up with bits of leftover yarn and this is a fantastic way of making use of all that wool.

We challenge our readers to get creative with their recycling - we look forward to seeing what you can come up with!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Remember you're a Womble...

Our more grown up readers remember the Wombles, those furry, brown creatures who lived on Wimbledon Common and had a rather helpful recycling habit.

This weekend we were lucky enough to have a real Womble visit the Livinggreen Centre - something of a special occasion for us here at Morden Hall Park.

Eagle eyed readers will notice that this is no ordinary Womble, this is in fact Haydon the Womble, the mascot of AFC Wimbledon. Haydon made a special trip to the park to celebrate the launch of the new exhibition in our centre which showcases some of the fantastic community art work that AFCW do with local schools and other groups.

The new exhibition is called 'Flying the Flag for Haydon' and will be on display from Sunday 15th January until Friday 10th February. It features photos, drawings and some fantastic flags, like this one, which have been produced by local schools.

Photos (c) NTPL / Zoë Adams