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Events

Cloudbusting and Weather Folklore with Ed at Sheriffs Lench

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Do you know your cumulus from your cirrus? When swallows fly high, it will be dry! is this true? Come along for a stroll whilst we look at cloud formations and talk about weather folklore a subject close to everyone’s heart who lives in this lush and green country.

June 2024

Fluffy clouds in a light blue sky in the Forest.
Cloudbusting and Weather Folklore with Ed at Sheriffs Lench
Wednesday 26 June, 18:30 - 20:30

Do you know your cumulus from your cirrus? When swallows fly high, it will be dry! is this true? Come along for a stroll whilst we look at cloud formations and talk about weather folklore a subject close to everyone’s heart who lives in this lush and green country.

Please be aware that this event is also subject to the weather. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leads are welcome.

£15 plus fees
An aerial view of the Garden of Heroes and Villains
Garden of Heroes and Villains Fundraiser for the Heart of England Forest
Saturday 29 June, 10:00 - 17:00

Set in landscaped gardens, the Garden of Heroes and Villains is home to more than 50 life-size, bronze statues of iconic figures.

Admission by pre-purchased tickets only. Dogs on short leads are welcome.

£13 plus fees
A burnet moth in the Forest.
Guided Walk: Insect Safari in the Heart of England Forest
Sunday 30 June, 10:00 - 12:00

Join Avery for a morning walk through Middle Spernal to find out what invertebrates we can find throughout the Forest. You will be taking a relaxing walk through a variety of areas both with public rights of way and with no public access including established woodland, grassland, new plantation, and ponds, seeking out any insects that use these habitats we create and protect. Discover a wide range of invertebrates, from the 24-spot ladybird, to the 6-spot burnet moth.

Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Due to the wildlife focus, this event is not suitable for dogs and places are limited.

£5 plus fees

July 2024

Evening sun shininh through the trees in a mature woodland clearing
Evening Habitat Conservation - Taster Session
Wednesday 3rd July, 18.30 - 20.30

Join us for an evening getting hands on in the Forest. Spend time in the natural environment, learn new skills, keep fit, and make new friends, with a social sit down and a campfire at the end of each session.

Take part in activities focused on conservation and wildlife protection, contributing to the preservation and enhancement of our natural environment.

This two-hour session is a taster for a series of upcoming regular sessions, which will run every Wednesday evening throughout July and August 2024. Ideal if you’d like to support the Forest but are unable to give your time during the day or at weekends.

Free
A group of young foresters roasting marsh mellows in the forest
Young Foresters in the Heart of England Forest
Saturday 6 July, 10:00 - 12:30

Young Foresters is a volunteering and adventure club for young people aged 12-18. Our Young Foresters have many adventures in the Forest as well as taking part in a number of forestry and conservation tasks: take action to combat climate change, benefit from spending time outdoors, improve your physical and mental health, forge new friendships and gain valuable work experience.

The young people attend independently supported by our experienced staff.

£5 plus fees
Two children showing off their muddy hands whilst having fun at Mini Foresters
Mini Foresters
Saturday 6 July, 14:00 - 16:00

Mini Foresters is our monthly club for families with children between the ages 4-11 where children can enjoy activities in one of out wonderful woodland spaces. Each month the activities will change and reflect the seasons, the flora and fauna and the history and geography of the area. Come and join us for fires, dens, tool use, bushcraft skills, wildlife and the odd toasted marshmallow.

Our entry ticket includes up to five people, at least one of whom is an adult responsible for the group. We only have a limited number of tickets available as we want to ensure everyone has the best experience of the Forest.

£5 plus fees
A volunteer smiling whilst digging a hole during a tree planting activity session.
Introduction to volunteering with the Heart of England Forest - July 2024
Wednesday 10 July, 18:30 - 19:15

If you are interested in volunteering with the Heart of England Forest, helping us establish and protect a huge new forest for the environment, people and wildlife – why not join us to find out more.

This informal event will be led by a member of the team and a volunteer leader. You’ll have the opportunity to hear more about the volunteer programme, and what you can expect from volunteering with the charity. There will be opportunity to ask questions and we’ll update you on the current priorities and opportunities across the Forest.

Our amazing volunteers help us with all aspects of creating and managing the Forest, including tree planting, wildlife surveying and events.

Free
A butterfly on thistle in the Forest.
Guided Walk: Wildlife Wonder in the Heart of England Forest at Honeybourne
Saturday 13 July, 08:00 - 09:30

Join Assistant Ranger Katherine on this Saturday morning wildlife walk around Blenheim, Honeybourne, an area of the Forest not accessible to the public. This 1.5 hour walk will take you across this wonderfully peaceful and undisturbed home for a variety of woodland, grassland and wetland wildlife. We hope to see plenty of the butterflies, dragonflies, Hare and Roe Deer that call this tranquil area of the Forest home.

Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Due to the wildlife focus, this event is not suitable for dogs and places are limited.

£5 plus fees
A purple emperor sunning itself.
Guided Walk: Purple Emperors in the Heart of England Forest
Sunday 14 July, 13:00 - 15:00

Join resident expert and biodiversity team member Sam for a walk around the new woodland and hilltops around Middle Spernal Farm to watch Purple Emperor butterflies fighting on territories and hopefully even a female flying through one of the sallow groves. Learn about why Purple Emperors have an excellent population here and how to find them elsewhere.

This walk will take you across seldom walked routes, so sturdy shoes or boots and weather appropriate clothing to protect arms and legs are ideal. Well behaved dogs are welcome on this walk but must be kept on a lead at all times.

£5 plus fees
A statue at the Garden of Heroes and Villains at sunset
Evening Fundraiser in the Garden of Heroes and Villains
Thursday 18 July, 17:00 - 21:00

Set in landscaped gardens, the Garden of Heroes and Villains is home to more than 50 life-size, bronze statues of iconic figures.

Admission by pre-purchased tickets only. Dogs on short leads are welcome.

£13 plus fees