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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.

April 2024

A child having fun at Mini Foresters
Mini Foresters
Saturday 6 April, 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 group of handmade willow wigwams from a previous workshop
Willow garden wigwam workshop
Thursday 18 April, 10:00 - 13:00

Join Rachel on her favourite workshop where you will make a plant wigwam for your garden, it will be 5 - 6ft tall and great for growing all sorts of plants up or simply decorating with fairy lights. Suitable for beginners, and all materials provided.

All workshop materials and tea/coffee/biscuits are included in the price.

£60 plus fees
A forest floor with an abundance of bluebells at Alne Wood
Bluebell Wood Fundraiser Trail in the Heart of England Forest (Friday)
Friday 26 April, 10:00 - 16:00

Experience the Heart of England Forest's Bluebell Wood and help to conserve these irreplaceable ancient woodland habitats.

Admission is by timed ticket only (two hourly slots) and must be purchased in advance. Dogs are welcome on leads and we recommend making sure the whole family has suitable footwear. This walk is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

£8.50 plus fees
Young foresters using tools in the Forest
Redditch Young Foresters in the Heart of England Forest
Saturday 27 April, 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 forest floor with an abundance of bluebells at Alne Wood
Bluebell Wood Fundraiser Trail in the Heart of England Forest (Saturday)
Saturday 27 April, 10:00 - 16:00

Experience the Heart of England Forest's Bluebell Wood and help to conserve these irreplaceable ancient woodland habitats.

Admission is by timed ticket only (two hourly slots) and must be purchased in advance. Dogs are welcome on leads and we recommend making sure the whole family has suitable footwear. This walk is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

£8.50 plus fees
A mini forester, parent and member of staff having fun in the Forest
Redditch Mini Foresters
Saturday 27 April, 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

May 2024

A natterer's bat in flight.
Guided Walk - Gorcott Hill: Biodiversity & Bats
Wednesday 1 May, 19:00 - 21:00

Join Gorcott Biodiversity Officer Tasha on an evening walk and hear about wildlife surveys we have undertaken, learn what flora and fauna we have found of particular interest, find out why it was awarded Local Wildlife Site status and see how we manage this important woodland, wetland and adjacent grassland habitat.

Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. This event is not suitable for dogs and places are limited.

£5 plus fees
A couple of young foresters safely lighting flint in the Forest
Young Foresters in the Heart of England Forest
Saturday 4 May, 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 at Mini Foresters
Mini Foresters
Saturday 4 May, 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 handmade willow hare from a previous workshop
Willow hare workshop
Saturday 11 May, 10:00 - 16:30

Join Rachel on this full day workshop to create a fabulous willow hare for your garden or home, suitable for beginners but a degree of hand strength is required. You will learn different techniques to help to sculpt your very own willow hare! Everything you need including materials will be provided.

All workshop materials and tea/coffee/biscuits are included in the price.

£98 plus fees