With its diverse flora and fauna and rich heritage, Chopwell Wood is a fantastic educational resource. Our Forest Classroom, with our nature trail and various added features nearby, provides the perfect base for woodland learning.  We also have an orienteering course, walking trails, fascinating sculptures and heritage items.

There is a Tree Trail which runs parallel to the public access road opposite the main car park.  Trees are identified with a nearby sign, walk along the trail and see how many you can find.


For self-led visits, schools and groups can book the Forest Classroom via the Forestry England at Hamsterley – contact

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

History and heritage of Chopwell Wood

Chopwell Wood’s role throughout centuries include the use of the trees and mining in the area.

Climate Change awareness – what do trees do for us?

Look at how trees and woodlands help mitigate against the effects of climate change. Children can learn about the effects of global warming, photosynthesis, carbon storage and the role of trees whilst exploring the woodland.

The Lumber Jills

Lumber Jills were women who worked in forestry in World War 2 as part of the Womens Timber Corps.   A number of these women worked in Chopwell Wood.  To find out more about the role of these amazing women during the war,  visit http://lumberjills.org.