Educational Visits

The Friends have an agreement with the Forestry Commission for Groundwork North East, an environmental charity, to deliver a range of educational and access opportunities at Chopwell Wood.

Utilising the Forest Classroom and Nature Trail at the woodland, activities on offer to schools, children’s centres and community and youth groups include:

Forest Schools – a practical programme where children learn by using the natural environment, doing activities such as building, climbing and discovering signs of wildlife.

Greenstart – which focuses on activities for early years children.

Green Exercise – which can include guided walks, and orienteering in the wood.

John Muir Award – a four day programme of activity in the woodland aiming to discover and explore the wood, conserve it, and share the experience.

Visits can also be tailored to areas of the curriculum or themes that are of interest, such as learning about the woodland and the seasons, the importance of trees and plants, or discovering more about bugs and their homes.  Also, there are opportunities to find out more about the history of the wood or take part in art and craft activities.

To book a visit (for a full or half day) or to discuss your requirements please contact Joanne Norman at Groundwork North East on 01207 524803 or email

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