The summer of 2015 has been yet another successful one for the popular Sutton Ecology Centre, having hosted a wide range of exciting environmental-awareness-raising events for the borough.

The centre, which is located at The Old Rectory in Festival Walk, Carshalton and is funded by Sutton Council, attracted more than 360 borough children and their parents through its doors with a number of open days that gave them the opportunity to meet exotic snakes and reptiles up close, see rare and unusual stick insects, and enjoy playing a range of games based on Julia Donaldson’s classic children’s book The Gruffalo.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment & Neighbourhood Committee, said:

“The Sutton Ecology Centre is a vital resource for residents and it embodies our green borough values. These events for children and their parents provide a valuable education for us all about the importance of enjoying and respecting nature and the environment.

“It’s pleasing to see so many attendees over the summer months, and we will be sure to build on our success and keep hosting a wide range of stimulating and fun ecological activities and events for area families.”

The Sutton Ecology Centre is located close to the popular local attractions Honeywood Museum and Carshalton Water Tower. Opened in 1989, the centre is owned by the London Borough of Sutton Council and run in association with the Friends of Sutton Ecology centre volunteer group.

Mary Buckton, Biodiversity Education Officer at Sutton Council, said:

“The Biodiversity Team believe that making that connection with nature at an early age is vital to ensuring the protection of our wild spaces in the future. Sutton Biodiversity Team offer a wide range of education about Sutton’s Nature, throughout the year, for people of all ages.

“Sutton Ecology Centre is open to the public in daylight hours 7 days a week. We’d love to welcome you along to enjoy nature at this beautiful oasis in Carshalton.”

To find out more about the Sutton Ecology Centre, visit www.sutton.gov.uk/biodiversity