A POPULAR wildlife reserve is preparing to mark its 18th anniversary this weekend with an event packed with all the fun and activities it has become famous for.
Groundwork's Iver Nature Study Centre, the two acre wildlife garden in Slough Road, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, is holding an Open Day on Sunday between 11am and 3.30pm.
A team from Anadarko, the Uxbridge based American oil company, have already spent Wednesday on site tidying the garden and grounds ahead of the big day.
Ruislip resident, Shiran Buskell, has also been hard at work baking a special anniversary cake which will be cut up on the day.
Everywhere across the site there will be things to do for people of all ages. A mini farmers market will take place with local producers exhibiting their wares, including apples, organic bread and preserves, and the perennial favourites of bric-a-brac and tombolas will also be present.
This year's children's activities will encompass: animal stencilling, planting apple seeds, making a skeleton, and choosing the ingredients to make up a healthy wrap.
A nature table will be set up with, amongst other things, animal skeletons, old birds nests and dishes of pond life. INSC volunteers Vic and Jan Merrill will be bringing their pythons and a few other surprises.
Weather permitting, the mini assault course will be available for children between the ages of three and 10 years, visitors can stroll through the mini rainforest and in the meadow live music will be provided by The Strictly Swing Band.
Refreshments will be provided by the INSC catering team, recently acknowledged at the Volunteers Lunch earlier this month.
INSC was opened by Sir John Mills on 21st September 1990 and is one of six centres throughout England that are situated on land belonging to National Grid and forms part of the National Grid Environmental Centre Network.
Groundwork manager, Sally Munn, said, "It's a wonderful milestone to have reached at the study centre and we hope the local community will come and enjoy our celebrations. We are keeping our fingers crossed regarding the weather!"
Admission will be £1 for adults and 50p for children aged 5 years and over. Car parking is free.