Maryon Wilson Animal Park open day this Saturday

Andrew Donkin of the Maryon Wilson Animal Park Trust would like a word…

If you could talk to the animals… well, now you can, on Saturday 26th May, it’s the Maryon Wilson Animal Park Open Day again.

Last year, about a thousand Charlton locals attended the free event that runs from 10am to 4pm. This is a chance to get up close and personal with both the park’s big animals such as the deer and sheep, as well as getting some touchy-feely time with the smaller residents like the rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, and chinchilla.

As well as the animals, the Open Day promises free face painting, birds of prey display, sheep shearing and woodcraft demonstrations, and an hourly story time and sing-along to help parents entertain the kids.

At noon, there’ll be a children’s show from PJ the Magic Clown. The Friends of the Park will have a stall, and there will be guided Tree Walks around the park at 1.00, 2.00, and 3.00pm.

The embryonic Maryon Wilson Animal Park Trust will also have a presence at the Open Day. MWAPT is the body that is trying to save the Animal Park after Greenwich Council announced that they were withdrawing their funding.

The Trust could really do with your help to make sure that this fantastic local resource survives. If you’d like to get involved, either on the fund-raising side or to volunteer to help care for the animals, then come along to the open day and seek out the Trust’s stall, or email for more details.