What’s On

EVENTS  2017  –
( For details of volunteer days check under Take Part “Conservation Tasks” page )
For details of events organised by other groups, please go to the  Forestry Commission Website (FC)

Wednesdays every week   –  VOLUNTEER DAYS
Lots of varied conservation and woodland maintenance work.  A great opportunity to learn new skills – further details are on the Conservation Tasks page.  Organised by FC and FoCW. 
Sunday  5  March  –  WOODLAND SPRING CLEAN
Help us spruce up the wood and clear out the dropped, dumped and windblown rubbish.  Come along even for an hour or so, it all helps with the tidy up.  Gloves or litter-pickers, and bags are provided.  Organised by  FC and FoCW.
Meet   :   Main Car Park
Time   :   11 am  until about  2 pm – drop in any time
Cost    :   Free

Yet more events still to be added to this list.  Bushcraft and Walks in the Wood details still to be finalized.

Saturday  25  March  –  FAMILY CITIZEN SCIENCE  –  Signs of Spring Survey
Family orientated conservation session.  Do you have a budding Chris Packham or Michaela Strachan – want to help the environment and don’t know where to start – or just want a chance for quality family time?  Then come and join the Chopwell Wood Citizen Science Project.  This event is the first of six bi-monthly sessions.  Explore the woodland to find signs of Spring and make seed bombs.  Event organised by  Groundwork North East and FoCW.  Funded by Tesco Bags of Help.
Meet   :  Forest Classroom (park at the Main Car Park and follow signs to event)
Time   :  10 am  until  11.30 am
Cost    :   Free
For more information email: joanne.norman@groundwork.ork.uk  or telephone:  01207 524803

Saturday  27  May  –  FAMILY CITIZEN SCIENCE  –  Tree Health Survey
The second Citizen Science Project session.  Help report on the state of our woodland and find out about what trees do for us.  Collect seeds to plant your own tree and make recycled paper.  Times and other details as per the first session.

Saturday  29  July  –  FAMILY CITIZEN SCIENCE  –  Big Butterfly Count
Discover the different butterfly species in Chopwell Wood and take home nectar rich plants to attract butterflies to your garden.  Times and other details as per the first session.

Friday  (Date to be organised)  August  –  BAT  WALK
An evening wander along the River Derwent, with expert Joe Shipley, to look for some of the different species of bats which inhabit the area.  Learn more about these elusive mammals.   Bring a torch and wear warm clothing.  Organised by  FoCW.
Meet  :  Lintzford Lay-by (A694 about 1 mile west of Rowlands Gill)
Time  :  8.00 pm  until about 10 pm
Cost   :  £4 per adult and £1 per child
Booking essential as places are limited  –  telephone Forestry Commission during office hours Monday to Friday (9 am – 4.30 pm) on 03000 674200

Wednesday  (Date to be organised)  September  –  AGM
Our Annual General Meeting for members and invited guests – details as per our newsletter.

Sunday  24
  September  –  FUNGAL  FORAY
An easy stroll with expert forest fun-guy Gordon Simpson, to discover more about the fascinating world of  marvellous mushrooms and terrific toadstools.  Chopwell has over 160 species of  fungi, discover which make a tasty meal and which ones are deadly poisonous.  If you require a list of the species found on the day, then please bring along a stamped, self-addressed envelope.  Organised by  FoCW.
Meet  :  Main Car Park
Time  :  2 pm   until about  4 pm
Cost   :  £ 4 per adult and £1 per child
Booking essential as places are limited  –  telephone Forestry Commission during office hours Monday to Friday (9 am – 4.30 pm) on 03000 674200

Saturday  30  September  –  FAMILY CITIZEN SCIENCE  –  Pond Dipping
Venture into Chopwell Wood’s ponds and discover what lurks there.  Plus make a frog abode to encourage frogs into your garden.  This is the fourth session in this project, and other details are the same as the first session.

Saturday  25  November  –  FAMILY CITIZEN SCIENCE  –  Bug Count
In the fifth Citizen Science session help us record the mini-beasts making Chopwell Wood their home, and make your own bug hotel.  You can also learn what you can do to help bugs in your own garden.  Times and other details are the same as the first session.  The final session will take place on Saturday 27th January 2018 and will be the Big Garden Bird Watch – more details of this later.

Saturday  25  November  –  CHRISTMAS TREE SALES  –  opens 8 am to 8 pm, then daily
The traditional sale of forest fresh trees, stands, and wreaths from the site next to the main car park.