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Events

Young Foresters in the Heart of England Forest

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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.

March 2024

Young foresters undertaking forestry activities whilst sitting on a fallen trunk
Young Foresters in the Heart of England Forest
Saturday 2 March, 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
A group of children having fun making a den at Mini Foresters
Mini Foresters
Saturday 2 March, 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
An aerial view of Luddington Road tree nursery.
Guided Walk - Luddington Loop and Dodwell
Wednesday 13 March, 09:30 - 11:30

Led by Forestry team members Mel and Zachary, join a ramble of the recent tree planting at Luddington and Dodwell and beyond. Mel and Zachary will be happy to talk you through this new area of woodland creation and all that was involved, including the variety of tree species planted. This area of the Forest benefits from far reaching views and both public and newly created permissive footpaths. You are welcome to ask questions as you explore.

This walk is free to join, with the option to make a donation to help grow the Forest by choosing a charity ticket. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited. Dogs on leads are welcome, and must be on a short lead through grazing livestock. Exact meeting point will be provided to registered ticket holders in advance of the walk.

Free
A group of newly made spoons laid out from a previous workshop
Spoon making workshop
Saturday 16 March, 10:00 - 16:00

Learn to work with wood using hand tools to create your own spoon. Your instructor Craig Wood, an experienced and talented green woodworker will cover everything to get you started carving wonderful spoons.

All workshop materials and tea/coffee/biscuits are included in the price. Suitable for adults aged 18+ only.

£85 plus fees
A young forester using a handsaw in the Forest
Redditch Young Foresters in the Heart of England Forest
Saturday 23 March, 10:00 - 12:30

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. The club runs on the fourth Saturday of every month.

The Heart of England Forest site Gorcott Hill is a beautiful 62 acre site near Redditch. The site contains semi-natural woodland, hedgerows, grassland and ponds, as well as a vast array of wildlife.

£5 plus fees
A mini forester having fun in the Forest
Redditch Mini Foresters
Saturday 23 March, 14:00 - 16:00

Mini Foresters is our monthly club in the Forest where children can enjoy activities in our wonderful woodland at Gorcott Hill . 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,

The group is intended for families with children between the ages 4-11 and runs on the last Saturday of every month all year round. Our entry ticket includes up to 5 people, at least one of whom is an adult responsible for the group. 

£5 plus fees
An Assistant Ranger leading a guided walk at Sheriff's Lench.
Guided Walk: The Birds and Wildlife of Sheriffs Lench
Sunday 24 March, 09:00 - 11:00

Join Sam and Avery from the biodiversity team to see the birds and other wildlife of Sheriffs Lench and learn what the Forest is doing here to help them. We will be looking out for stonechats perching on top of bramble, skylarks singing above the grasslands and chiffchaffs returning to the young woodlands planted to breed, as well as the hares, foxes, and other animals you can find here.

Please note: due to the wildlife focus of this walk it is not suitable for dogs. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Free

April 2024

A close up of blossom in the Forest.
Guided Walk: Early Spring in the Forest
Saturday 6 April, 09:00 - 11:00

This woodland walk, led by Tim from the Forest team, will lead you through woodland of varying ages. We will be looking for early flowering plants such as celandine, native daffodils and primrose growing in the Forest floor of the more mature woodland and look at some springtime tree ID in our younger woodland plantations.

Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Whilst it’s an easy going walk the ground is uneven and could be wet and muddy so appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing for the weather on the day should be worn.

Free
A young forester perching in the Forest
Young Foresters in the Heart of England Forest
Saturday 6 April, 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
A group of newly made ceramic foxes from a previous workshop
Ceramic woodland animal workshop
Saturday 6 April, 10:00 - 15:30

Enjoy a day of sculpting either a hare or fox in clay with ceramicist Ros Ingram, inspired by the wooded landscape of the Heart of England Forest. Your Forest animal will be approximately 20cm in height perfect for placing on a mantelpiece or shelf gazing out into the world!

All workshop materials and tea/coffee/biscuits are included in the price. Clay and firing of work included in cost of workshop. Your piece will be fired by the artist and will be posted approximately three weeks later.

£95 plus fees