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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.

June 2024

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.

£10 plus fees
A burnet moth in the Forest.
Guided Walk: Insect Safari in the Heart of England Forest
Sunday 30 June, 11:00 - 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

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.

£10 plus fees
Young foresters using tools in the Forest
Redditch Young Foresters in the Heart of England Forest
Saturday 27 July, 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 27 July, 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