At organic dairy farm The Groene Griffioen in Weesp in The Netherlands, 19 September was all about landscape, sustainable agriculture and nature. Over 200 adults and children enjoyed workshops, local products and sunny weather at the first edition of the - sold-out - Wij.land festival on regenerative peat meadow management. Despite the large turnout, the site provided enough space for everyone to keep the required COVID-19 safe distance of 1.5 meters.
One of the most popular activities was the farm tour. Both young and old enjoyed hearing the farmer and his wife explain their daily work, as well as being able to pet a cow. The 'Finding aquatic animals' workshop was especially in demand, prompting volunteers from local nature education organisation IVN to offer six excursions for parents and kids. Full of excitement, the children returned with scoop nets, muddy shoes and stories of sticklebacks. In the meantime, children at the 'Soil animals search' workshops enthusiastically dug through cow dung in search of beetles and other insects.
In short, Wij.land can look back on a very successful first edition of the Wij.land peat meadows festival with a great combination of education and enjoyment. We hope that they will organise a second edition in the future!