Over 200 people joined Trustees of the John Ray Trust this Sunday bank holiday (5 May 2019) for an afternoon of family nature fun in the John Ray Garden. The event marked the launch of new family-friendly garden signage, which was officially opened at the event by the Chairman of Braintree District Council.
The families enjoyed a range of free activities, including building an insect hotel, making their own geological planet, creating a butterfly mosaic and planting a sunflower seed to take home. There was also free face painting with Funky Fun Parties and Facepainting.
David Gask, Chairman of the Trust, said ‘It was lovely to see so many local families enjoying the garden and the activities, and learning more about John Ray through reading our new signs. Our charity supports natural science students and we hope the garden and these activities will help inspire the next generation of local natural scientists.’
The John Ray garden is situated inside the Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens and is planted with flowers, herbs and shrubs that would have been familiar to local science hero John Ray in the 1600s. Ray founded the scientific study of the natural world, and with the new signage garden visitors can learn more about his famous discoveries, including that trees can be dated from counting their rings.