Events in your Forest - The Heart of England Forest

February

Saturday 29th February, 10am-12pm

Guided Walk: Your Forest and its Founder

Dorsington, Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Join us on a tour of the woodland around the former home of our founder, Felix Dennis. Learn about Felix’s background, what brought him to Dorsington and when his love affair with trees started.

You’ll also hear about the history of the Heart of England Forest and the charity’s vision for a greener, healthier future. The walk will include Ralph’s Wood which was the first wood planted by Felix, The Arboretum he created and Dorsington Wood where he is buried.

More information and Registration

 

March

Saturday 7th March, 10.30am- 12.30pm

Young Foresters

 

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.

More information and Registration

 

Saturday 7th March 2pm-4pm

Mini Foresters

 

Our regular club for families with children aged 4-11. Every month sees a new adventure for the mini foresters as they learn about wildlife, try a bit of bushcraft, get creative with craft activities and learn how to help the wildlife in the forest.

More information and Registration

 

Saturday 14th March, 10am-2pm

Official Launch: A New Accessible Trail

Morgrove Coppice, Burford Lane, Spernal, Nr Studley

Join us for the official launch of the first accessible route in the Heart of England Forest, designed specifically to make it easier for wheelchair and pushchair users to get out into the Forest.

Along with walking tours of the new trail with member of the Forestry team and a self-led activity for our younger visitors you will have the opportunity to find out more about the work we are doing to plant and preserve native woodland. Hot drinks will also be available.

More information and Registration

 

Saturday 14th March, 9.30am-3pm

Tree Planting Saturday – Help grow the Heart of England Forest

Newnham, Nr. Aston Cantlow, Warwickshire

Come along and join us for a day tree planting to help create England’s largest new native broadleaf forest. No tree planting experience is necessary, just the right footwear and outdoor clothing, a packed lunch and plenty of enthusiasm.

This is a free event suitable for those over 16 years old. Registration is essential so we can provide you with the necessary details nearer the time.

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Saturday 21st March, 4pm-6pm

Guided Walk: March Hares, Woodland and Waterfowl

Morton Bagot, Nr Studley, Warwickshire

Join us for an afternoon wander across a usually unaccessible area of the Heart of England Forest, exploring wetland, farmland and woodland at Netherstead, Morton Bagot.

This is unique opportunity which will allow you to look out for Mad March hares and a good variety of waterfowl and wading birds attracted to a wetland area created some years ago. See woodland creation of various ages and also hear how the land is farmed which still encouraging wildlife with the creation of beetle banks and wildfower areas – just don’t forget your binoculars!

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Saturday 28th March, 9.30am-3pm

Tree Planting Saturday – Help grow the Heart of England Forest

Newnham, Nr. Aston Cantlow, Warwickshire

Come along and join us for a day tree planting to help create England’s largest new native broadleaf forest. No tree planting experience is necessary, just the right footwear and outdoor clothing, a packed lunch and plenty of enthusiasm.

This is a free event suitable for those over 16 years old. Registration is essential so we can provide you with the necessary details nearer the time.

More information and Registration

 

April

Saturday 4th April, 10.30am- 12.30pm

Young Foresters

 

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.

More information and Registration

 

Saturday 4th April, 2pm-4pm

Mini Foresters

 

Our regular club for families with children aged 4-11. Every month sees a new adventure for the mini foresters as they learn about wildlife, try a bit of bushcraft, get creative with craft activities and learn how to help the wildlife in the forest.

More information and Registration

 

Monday 6th – Thursday 9th April, 8.30am- 5.30pm

WildTribe Holiday Club

Middle Spernal, Spernal Lane, Spernal, Nr Studley, B49 6JE

Our new holiday club for children aged 5 years old and over will be full of fun, adventure and fresh air. From bushcraft to arts and crafts to learning about wildlife, this club will suit budding Kate Humbles’ and Bear Grylls’ – in fact all children who love getting outdoors, learning about nature and having fun in the woods.

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Good Friday 10th April, 9.30am-12.30pm

Good Friday Fundraising Ramble ‘Round Dorsington – 7 miles

Dorsington, Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Join us for a Ramble ‘Round the Heart of England Forest in Dorsington this Good Friday morning.

With easy going terrain , through a mosaic of newly planted trees, established woodland and farming fields, this 7 mile route which will take you beyond the waymarked trails is the perfect way to start your Easter weekend. Get out in the spring air, stretch your legs, enjoy the landscape and help raise funds to support tomorrow’s great native woodland. Booking is essential.

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Saturday 11th April, 10am-4pm

Willow Weaving Workshop – Hare Sculpture

Middle Spernal, Spernal Lane, Nr Studley, Warwickshire, B49 6JE.

Create your own hare sculpture from willow with local artist Rachel Harwood

A full day workshop, where using simple weaving and sculpting techniques you will learn to make a characterful 3ft seated Hare to take home. Suitable for beginners upwards, you will be guided through all the steps and willow weaving techniques needed all within the setting of the Heart of England Forest. limited spaces available

Please see our other upcoming willow weaving and whittling workshop sessions later this month.

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Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April, 8.30am- 5.30pm

WildTribe Holiday Club

Middle Spernal, Spernal Lane, Spernal, Nr Studley, B49 6JE

Our new holiday club for children aged 5 years old and over will be full of fun, adventure and fresh air. From bushcraft to arts and crafts to learning about wildlife, this club will suit budding Kate Humbles’ and Bear Grylls’ – in fact all children who love getting outdoors, learning about nature and having fun in the woods.

More information and Registration

 

Saturday 18th April, 9.30am-12.30pm

EXCLUSIVE Friends of the Forest Walk with Stephen

Shelfield, Spernal, Nr Studley, Warwickshire.

We are inviting our Friends of the Forest to join Head Forester Stephen, for the first guided walk at Shelfield, Spernal.

The route will take in parts unopen to the public, including the first areas of woodland creation planted in the Heart of England Forest at Spernal back in 2006, the semi-ancient Stoopers Wood and the high elevation of Badbury Hill which will offer views of the growing Forest and beyond.

More information and Registration – Book from 16th March

 

 

 

Saturday 24th April, 10am-4pm

Willow Weaving Workshop – Garden Wigwams

Middle Spernal, Spernal Lane, Nr Studley, Warwickshire, B49 6JE.

Create your own garden wigwam from willow with local artist Rachel Harwood

A morning workshop, where using simple weaving techniques you will learn to make a 6ft wigwam to take home for climbing plants, as a garden decoration or for both . Suitable for beginners upwards, you will be guided through all the steps and willow weaving techniques needed all within the setting of the Heart of England Forest. limited spaces available

Please book separately for the afternoon ‘Heron’ weaving session if you want to make a full day.

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Saturday 24th April, 1pm-4pm

Willow Weaving Workshop – Heron Sculpture

Middle Spernal, Spernal Lane, Nr Studley, Warwickshire, B49 6JE.

Create your own heron sculpture from willow with local artist Rachel Harwood

An afternoon workshop, where using simple weaving and sculpting techniques you will learn to make one of these graceful birds to take home. Suitable for beginners upwards, you will be guided through all the steps and willow weaving techniques needed all within the setting of the Heart of England Forest. limited spaces available

Please book separately for the morning ‘Wigwam’ weaving session if you want to make a full day.

More information and Tickets 

 

Saturday 25th April, 10am-12pm

Guided Walk: The Heart of England Forest Arboretum in Spring

Dorsington, Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

Here’s a special treat for tree lovers, a walk through the wonders of the Heart of England Forest Arboretum.

Come and experience this collection of tree species from all over the world, created by our founder over 20 years ago. The walk will offer the chance for all the family to enjoy a springtime stroll, question Forestry Manager Will, about the trees and visit Founder’s Rock, Willow Walk and to marvel at the surrounding woodland being created.

More information and Registration – Book from 23rd March

 

 

 

May

Saturday 2nd May, 11am-4pm (Book tickets for entry from 10am)

Bluebell Wood Fundraising Open Day

Alne Wood Park, Spernal Lane, Nr Great Alne, Warwickshire, B49 6JG

Nothing says spring like an ocean of beautiful bluebells.

Join us on our fundraising Bluebells Open Day when you will be able to wander around a usually closed area of woodland, where the forest floor bursts to life with colour every spring, and bask in the sight and scent of the ‘Bluebell Wood’, Alne Wood really is a sight to behold at this time of year.

Ticket holders get exclusive early access from 10am, before we open the admission gate at 11am.

More information and Tickets

 

 

 

Saturday 2nd May, 10.30am- 12.30pm

Young Foresters

 

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.

More information and Registration

 

Saturday 2nd May, 2pm-4pm

Mini Foresters

 

Our regular club for families with children aged 4-11. Every month sees a new adventure for the mini foresters as they learn about wildlife, try a bit of bushcraft, get creative with craft activities and learn how to help the wildlife in the forest.

More information and Registration

 

Saturday 16th May, 10am-12pm

Guided Walk: Exploring Spernal Park

Spernal, Spernal Lane, Nr Studley, Warwickshire.

Join us for a wander around Spernal Park a mature woodland area of the Heart of England Forest not accessible by the public.

This walking tour will give you the opportunity to hear first hand how we grow and maintain the Forest while strolling through areas of both mature and newly created broadleaf woodland. The route will also explore coniferous woodland planted by the Forestry Commission in the 1960’s and how this woodland has varied over the years. Once on the top ridge of Spernal Park you will be able to look down into the marl pits, as well as taking in the far reaching views across your developing Forest and the surrounding landscape.

More information and Registration – Book from 13th April

 

 

 

Saturday 23rd May, 10am-5pm

Garden of Heroes & Villains Fundraising Open Day

Dorsington, Nr Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8AR

Join us for the first fundraising open day in the stunning Garden of Heroes & Villains, a private sculpture garden commissioned by our late Founder, Felix Dennis, and meet some of history’s greats, immortalised in bronze.

With activities for the whole family, including a yew hedge maze, poetry garden, woodland walks, children’s quiz, a collection of over 50 stunning sculptures and more, it’s a unique day out in the Heart of England Forest.

More information and Tickets

June

Wednesday 3rd June, 6pm-7.30pm

Summer Evening Woodland Walk: Coxmere Wood

Braggington, Nr Welford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.

The first in our series of summer evening woodland strolls in the Heart of England Forest, offering the opportunity to join a led walk around our waymarked routes and beyond.

This month we are walking the Coxmere Wood trail and beyond. This 2.5 mile route will take us around this young 15 year old wood following the waymarked trail and extending the route slightly to enjoy more of what this area has to offer.

More information and Registration

 

 

 

Saturday 6th June, 9.30am-12pm

Woofs in the Woods –  Dog Walk in Spernal

Spernal Lane, Spernal, Nr Studley, Warwickshire.

Calling puppies, pedigrees, mutts and hounds – just us for a woofs in the Spernal woods dog walk around the Heart of England Forest.

A chance for the whole family, including your four-legged friends to explore beyond the waymarked trails. This 4 to 5 mile group walk will take you through a range of both established and newly created woodland on the Spernal estate.

More information and Registration

 

 

 

Saturday 6th June, 10.30am- 12.30pm

Young Foresters

 

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.

More information and Registration

 

Saturday 6th June, 2pm-4pm

Mini Foresters

 

Our regular club for families with children aged 4-11. Every month sees a new adventure for the mini foresters as they learn about wildlife, try a bit of bushcraft, get creative with craft activities and learn how to help the wildlife in the forest.

More information and Registration

 

Sunday 14th June, 2pm-4pm

Guided Walk: Wildlife Wonders at Noleham Wood

Dorsington Road, Nr Long Marston, Warwickshire.

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon in the Heart of England Forest finding out more about how creating woodland encourages wildlife.

Meet with specialists from Warwick Natural History Society and discover how their wildlife monitoring programme are recording the change in both species type and quantity as the newly planted trees mature. Noleham Wood also benefits from its location adjacent to the Noleham brook and surrounding wildflower meadows.

More information and Registration

 

 

 

Friday 19th June, 8pm-11pm

Moth Night in the Heart of England Forest

Spernal Lane, Spernal, Nr. Studley, Warwickshire.

Moths are marvelous! Come along to learn more about these beautiful night fliers with the help of local enthusiasts, the  BBC Ndeavour Moth Group.

After an indoor presentation on these fascinating insects we will head out to Spernal Park for a live light trapping, where species will be inspected, identified and recorded. Join us to experience the wonderful diversity of colours and patterns on the wing after dark, in the Heart of England Forest.

More information and Registration

 

 

 

Thursday 25th June, 5.30pm-8.30pm

EXCLUSIVE Friends of the Forest Event – Social Evening in the Garden of Heroes & Villains

Colletts Farm, Dorsington, Nr Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8AU

We are inviting our Friends of the Forest to join us in the beautiful setting of this incredible sculpture garden, commissioned by our Founder and offering a chance to meet other supporters, members of the Heart of England Forest team and some of history’s greats immortalised in bronze!

Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance. Both long standing and new Friends are welcome to book up to 2 adult places.

More information and Tickets

 

 

 

Saturday 27th June, 10am-5pm

Garden of Heroes & Villains Fundraising Open Day

Dorsington, Nr Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8AR

Join us for a fundraising open day in the stunning Garden of Heroes & Villains, a private sculpture garden commissioned by our late Founder, Felix Dennis, and meet some of history’s greats, immortalised in bronze.

With activities for the whole family, including a yew hedge maze, poetry garden, woodland walks, children’s quiz, a collection of over 50 stunning sculptures and more, it’s a unique day out in the Heart of England Forest.

More information and Tickets

Summer 2020 Events in the Garden of Heroes & Villains

Saturday 23rd May, 27th June & 22nd August 2020

Garden of Heroes & Villains Fundraising Open Day

Dorsington, Nr Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8AR

Join us for one of our fundraising open days in the stunning Garden of Heroes & Villains, a private sculpture garden commissioned by our late Founder, Felix Dennis, and meet some of history’s greats, immortalised in bronze.

Activities for the whole family, including a yew hedge maze, poetry garden, woodland walks, children’s quiz, a collection of over 50 stunning sculptures and more, it’s a unique day out in the Heart of England Forest.

Tickets are available now on the three dates below . Book by January 31st 2020 to benefit from the 2019 prices.

Saturday 23rd May 2020Saturday 27th June 2020Saturday 22nd August 2020

Thursday 16th July 2020, 5pm – 9pm

An Evening Fundraiser in the Garden of Heroes & Villains

Dorsington, Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8AR

For one night only the Heart of England Forest will be hosting an evening fundraiser in this unique garden, giving you the chance to view the poetry shard garden and bronze sculptures as dusk approaches. Enjoy a glass of wine and explore this beautiful setting on a summer’s evening.

Tickets must be book in advance for this event.

Tickets are available now . Book by January 31st 2020 to benefit from the 2019 prices.

 

 

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