With its diverse flora and fauna and rich heritage, Chopwell Wood is a fantastic educational resource. Our Forest Classroom, with nearby nature trail and pond, provides the perfect base for woodland learning.  We also have an orienteering course, walking trails, fascinating sculptures and woodland features.  The Chopwell Wood Heritage Trail is a great online resource for exploring the Wood.


For self-led visits, schools and groups can book the Forest Classroom via the Forestry Commission on 03000 674200 or enquiries.hamsterley@­

For educational visits with a leader provided, our partners at Groundwork North East deliver a range of educational and access opportunities in Chopwell Wood.

To book a visit or discuss your requirements with them please contact Joanne Norman on 01207 524803 or email

For safety and insurance purposes it’s important that schools and groups visiting Chopwell Wood inform the Forestry Commission in advance. It is also recommended that group leaders make an initial visit to carry out a Risk Assessment.