Events in your Forest

From strolls in the woods to butterflies, bluebells and much much more...



Saturday 17th March, 9.30am-3pm

Sheriffs Lench, Nr Evesham, Worcestershire

Come and join us for the final Saturday of tree planting this season, to help create England’s largest new native broadleaf forest. No tree planting experience is necessary, just appropriate 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.


Saturday 24th March, 4pm-6pm

Morton Bagot, 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 our land is farmed while still encouraging wildlife with the creation of beetle banks and wildflower areas – just don’t forget your binoculars.



Saturday 7th April 9am for 9.30am start

‘Ramble Round Dorsington 8.5 or 6.5 miles

Colletts Farm, Dorsington, CV37 8AU

Really stretch your legs in the spring air and join us to explore the mosaic of newly planted trees, established woodland and farming fields in the Forest on this ramble. Join a led group or take the map, written instructions and GPS info to navigate your own way on the route that will circle the Dorsington estate, stretching out towards Long Marston, Braggington & Barton before returning to refreshments on completion – all included in the registration fee.

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Saturday 14th April 9.30am-3pm

Volunteering Saturday  – Helping, hands on.

HoEF Volunteer Hub, Sambourne Lane, Coughton

Come and join us for a Saturday volunteering day and be a part of England’s largest new native broadleaf forest.

With woodland maintenance, pathway clearing and a tree nursery to care for, there will be plenty to do to help out. No woodland experience is necessary, just appropriate 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.



Wednesday 18th April 4pm-6pm

Lambing Live on the Farm


Visit the Forest Farm in Dorsington to find out what goes on during lambing season. Visitors will get the opportunity to get close to the lambs, feed them,ask questions of the farm team and hopefully see one being born.

Farmyard open from 4pm – so come from school and don’t forget your camera and wellies! This is a free event with the option to donate, but because of limited places registration is essential.

Exact location within Dorsington will be sent to all ticket holders nearer the time of the event.

Please note that the NHS advises that pregnant women should avoid coming into contact with animals giving birth.


Saturday 21st April, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Friends of the Forest Exclusive:

Guided Walk of Spernal Park

Spernal, Warwickshire

Our Friends of the Forest are cordially invited to join Forestry Officer, Will Taylor for an exclusive walk through Spernal Park. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions while you tour this mature woodland looking out deer, bluebells, natural woodland regeneration and wild garlic and listening out for chiffcaffs and jays in the trees above. Everyone is then welcome to join us for tea and cake refreshments afterwards.

Tickets are limited to 2 adults per Friendship, so if you or your friends are yet to sign up, click on the Donate oak leaf at the top of this page to join or gift a Forest Friendship. Booking is essential

Registration available from 1st March 2018

Registration available from 1st March

Saturday 28th April, 11am-4pm (Ticket holders get access from 10am)

Bluebell Wood Fundraising Open Day

Alne Wood Park, Spernal, Warwickshire

Nothing says spring like an ocean of beautiful bluebells! Join us for a wander around a usually closed area of the Forest, Alne Wood, where the forest floor bursts to life with colour every spring, and bask in the sight and scent of this glorious ‘Bluebell Wood’, just don’t forget your camera.

Purchase tickets in advance to save and benefit from an early 10am entry before general admission at 11am.

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Friday 11th May, 8.30pm-10.00pm

An Evening Bat Walk

Alne Wood, Spernal, B49 6JG

Enjoy a walk through Alne Wood after dark led by Ed Leszczynski an ecologist from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.

Spend your time exploring the forest to catch a glimpse of these fascinating creatures, using a bat detector to listen out for their ultrasonic calls, identify the species and to help spot them flying around.

Registration available from 17th March 2018

Sunday 13th May, 2pm-4pm

Guided Walk: Wildlife Wonders at Noleham Wood

Noleham Wood, Nr Long Marston, CV37 8BQ

Find out more about how creating woodland encourages wildlife. Meet with specialists from Warwick Natural History Society and discover how their monitoring program will record the change in both species type and quantity as the newly planted trees and surrounding meadow are left to mature, and what they are seeing happening already.

Registration available from 17th March 2018

Saturday 19th May, 10.30am-11.30am

Nordic Walking: Woodland Taster Session

Barton car park, B50 4NP

Try something new and learn why Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world.

Enjoy the beautiful woodland setting and have fun with Nordic Walking UK qualified instructor Kathrin Foster as you get an introduction with this free taster session. Limited availability – booking essential

Click here to find out more


Sunday 10th June, 1pm-4pm

Open Farm Sunday with LEAF

Crabtree Farm, Dorsington, CV37 8AP

As part as LEAF Open Farm Sunday, we welcome you along in the afternoon to learn about our organic farm, and how farming supports the growth of the Forest. There will be the chance to feed a lamb and meet some of the other characters on our farm, from Dave the calf to Ziggy the alpaca. Tractor Selfie Stations are always a big hit with children & adults alike.

Registration available from 1st May 2018

Saturday 23rd June, 10am-12pm

Guided Walk: Woodland wander through Dorsington

Colletts Farm, Dorsington, CV37 8AU

Take a morning stroll around the beautiful Heart of England Forest with Forestry team member Tom Smith and learn about the ambitious vision to plant tomorrow’s great native woodland.

Spend your time learning about the year-round work that goes into creating and maintaining the Forest as you explore the footpath network through the Dorisngton woods.

Registration available from 1st May 2018


Saturday 21st July, 1pm-3pm

Guided Walk: An Afternoon Butterfly Walk

Barton Car Park, Barton, B50 4NP

Enjoy a summer butterfly walk in The Heart of England Forest led by Mike Slater from Butterfly Conservation.

Spend the early afternoon exploring the forest and searching for as many different species of butterflies as you can find. If you’re lucky you’ll see a Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak, Marbled White and Essex Skipper and hopefully many more.

Registration available from 1st June 2018


Saturday 4th August, 10am-12pm

Guided Walk: Exploring Coughton Park

HoEF Volunteer Hub, Sambourne lane, Coughton

Join Head Forester Stephen to see how we are covering conifer woodland to broadleaf, the changes that brings and find out why Coughton Park has been identified as once of the best acid woods in the country.

On your route keep an eye out for deer, reptiles and the Silver-washed fritillary Butterfly as Stephen points out heather, rarely found in Warwickshire. The tour will also take in the tree nursery and volunteer hub.

Registration available from 1st June 2018


Saturday 8th September, 10am-12pm

Guided Walk: Woodlands & Wildlife

Colletts Farm, Dorsington, CV37 8AU

Enjoy a morning walk through the Dorsington woodlands with Beth Brook and learn about the largest woodland creation scheme in the country. Beth is a wildlife enthusiast and her knowledge covers an array of species that call the Heart of England Forest their home.

As you stroll find out how the native trees we plant encourage a variety of insects, birds, mammals and more. Learn how we are helping, with the planting, management and creation of a variety of habitats to establish a diverse ecology across the whole forest.

Registration available from 1st July 2018

Saturday 15th August

Forest Marathon – In support of the Heart of England Forest


Organised by the Forest Marathon Association, this event offers various length routes, including the full 26.5 mile course which takes place part through the Forest around Spernal, using public footpaths. Starting and Finishing in Henley-in-Arden this can be walked or run.

Visit the organisers website for further details and to register.

Forest Marathon Registration

Coming in 2018….

Dates to be Announced – Sign up for our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to find out first.

The Garden of Heroes & Villains Fundraising Open Day

Dorsington, Nr Stratford Upon Avon

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.

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!

All funds raised will go towards our work planting trees, creating wildlife habitats and the education of woodland environments.

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