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Local Lilies bloom at The Living Rainforest
Rare tropical flowers inspire half-term fun and education programme.
- Saturday 21 – Friday 27 October: Free entry for Local Lilies
- Saturday 21 – Tuesday 24 October: Lily art Competition
- Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 October: Madagascar weekend
The Living Rainforest is hosting a number of exciting family events over half-term, themed around its Giant Amazon water lilies and its ecological work in Madagascar.
The Living Rainforest is opening its doors for free during half-term to anyone with the name Lily, to celebrate this year’s Giant Amazon water lilies. The lily, which can grow as big as 2.6 metres across and 4.9 metres square, is making a comeback after two years. Children can also enter an art competition with their best drawings of the lily to try and win a return ticket along with a cuddly toy. There are three age brackets, 0-8, 9-12 and 13 and above. The Living Rainforest’s resident artist will be on-hand Monday-Friday to inspire and advise on how to make great pictures and clay models.
There will also be a Madagascar Weekend. This will include nature trails and a talk on ‘Madagascar; culture and diversity’ this Saturday.
“Local Lily Week is a great opportunity for people to come and see these rare plants which only live a short time,” said Rupert West, operations manager at The Living Rainforest. “It is free to anyone with the name Lily and we’re hoping that people of all ages will get involved.”
“This year’s giant water lilies are the best we have seen for a number of years,” he continued. “Allowing visitors to see these plants in their re-created natural habitat will hopefully encourage people to think about the human impact we have on rainforests all around the world.”
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