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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.

September 2024

A close-up of rosehips.
Hedgerow Berry Bootleggers - Drink making from Forest foraging
Saturday 21 September, 10:00 - 12:30

Just for adults, join us for an early autumn stroll around the woodland at Middle Spernal Farm collecting berries from the established hedgerows before heading back to use your foraging finds to inspire your choice of drink, using the recipe card suggestions as a guide.

This event is not suitable for dogs.

£25 plus fees
Young foresters using tools in the Forest
Redditch Young Foresters in the Heart of England Forest
Saturday 28 September, 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 group of mini foresters and parents having fun in the Forest
Redditch Mini Foresters
Saturday 28 September, 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

October 2024

A young forester sawing a branch in the forest
Young Foresters in the Heart of England Forest
Saturday 5 October, 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 log, some shavings and a group of newly made spoons from a previous workshop
Spoon making workshop
Saturday 5 October, 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 group of mini foresters and parents walking through the Forest
Mini Foresters
Saturday 5 October, 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 - October 2024
Wednesday 9 October, 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 herd of cattle grazing at Netherstead.
Guided Walk - Conservation Grazing in the Forest
Saturday 12 October, 10:00 - 12:00

Along with woodland creation, the Heart of England Forest features a mosaic of important habitats which are managed to conserve and enhance biodiversity. When it comes to grassland areas our livestock on the Forest farm play a significant management role. Sheep and cattle help us to improve our grasslands, through lying, trampling, dung and selective grazing benefiting bumblebees, reptiles, birds and more.

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

£5 plus fees
A view over Sheriff's Lench.
Guided Walk: Exploring The Heart of England Forest at Sheriffs Lench
Saturday 19 October, 09:00 - 11:00

Come and explore the hidden beauty of Sheriffs Lench. Planting of this 430 acre area of the Forest took place over the last 4 to 5 years and includes a fledgling orchard, meadows in organic conversion, and views across the valley. On our walk we we hope to see members of the fallow deer herd and other wildlife including possibly foxes and hunting birds of prey, whilst enjoying the spectacular far reaching views.

Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Free
A handmade willow deer from a previous workshop
Willow deer workshop
Saturday 19 October, 10:00 - 16:30

Join Rachel on this full day workshop to create a fabulous willow deer 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 4ft willow deer! Everything you need including materials will be provided.

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

£98 plus fees