Welcome! Moors Wood is a small private woodland owned and managed by Sarah and Ian Blenkinsop as a nature reserve and as a sustainably managed source of various wood products.

Sarah is a freelance Environmental Educator, Lecturer and Forest School Leader. Based at her own site at Moors Wood, Sarah provides fun natural/recycled craft workshops; play or storytelling sessions; eco themed parties; workshops on food preservation, setting up an organic garden, setting up a composting area or keeping chickens; or training courses in various woodcraft and play skills. These services are available for adults and/or children. Sarah is also very happy to come to you and deliver any of the above, or to give talks to groups.

Follow the links to find out more about what is on offer. Please click on the photos if you need to make them larger. Also visit Sarah's other site, The Compost Bin, for more general info and advice on sustainable living.

 



Season's Greetings to all friends of Moors Wood!

May you have a wonderful festive season and a very prosperous New Year.

Hoping to see you in 2011!

Our environmental credentials

Our house, office and outbuildings are heated and powered by renewable energy. We have a 30 tube solar thermal installation for our hot water supplies, photovoltaic panels which produce electricity for our use and to sell back to the National Grid via Good Energy and a woodburner which exclusively burns our own wood from Moors Wood. We do have an oil boiler as back up heating but intend to replace it with a wood pellet boiler in the near future. We have our own private water supply and sewerage treatment system. We harvest rainwater and recycle or compost virtually all of our waste. We use recycled paper and environmentally friendly toiletries and cleaning products.

Most of our vegetables and fruit are home grown but if bought in, as much as possible is locally sourced, organic and fair trade. We only buy free range/organic dairy and meat and we keep our own free range, organically fed chickens for eggs (some are ex commercial hens as well). We bake our own bread, make jams, chutneys, wines, juices and cider.

We try to ensure that, as far as possible, you will eat and drink organic, local and free range food while you are with us in Moors Wood.

About Sarah

I am lucky; my work is also my passion. I LOVE showing children (and adults) the delights of playing in woodland. I love talking to people about making compost, gardening, recycling or growing their own veg. I have been involved in outdoor / wildlife / woodland activity for most of my life. My earliest memories are of making dens, getting muddy, rescuing wildlife and having huge amounts of fun outdoors! I am lucky enough to still get to play outside, but now I help other people have fun as well.

I am a qualified Forest School Practitioner and adult Lecturer and I hold a First Aid at Work certificate as well as additional certificates in Paediatric FA, Epipen use and FA in the Outdoors. As you would expect I have an enhanced CRB check, both for children and vulnerable adults. I am fully insured for the activities I lead and I have undergone Health and Safety, Food Hygiene, Risk Assessment and Fire Marshall training. I have also undergone Safeguarding, Diversity and Equality training and have an adult teaching qualification. I can provide references/testimonials on request.

I have worked for various environmental charities and schools as an Environmental Educator/Playworker on a freelance basis for many years now. I have done various Playwork courses and I trained as  an  RSPB Wildlife Explorers Club leader. I am also an experienced and qualified Master Composter and  Master Gardener. I have run very successful after school Eco Clubs at several local Primary Schools and have also taught Organic Gardening and run a lunchtime Gardening Club for children.

I have trained Early Years practitioners in outdoor play and natural crafts, on behalf of Herefordshire Council, and I have worked with local Children's Centres to deliver environmentally themed play sessions with children and their parents/carers.

I live with my husband and daughter in a beautiful part of rural Herefordshire. We grow our own organic fruit and veg and make lots of cider, wine, jam and chutney. We share our lives with  Chickens,  Cats,  Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife! I  am also a qualified Holistic Therapist and I enjoy making household and personal care items using green and natural ingredients. I make soaps and candles and creams and potions and have also had a go at many traditional crafts such as basket and hurdle making and green woodworking.

In my previous career I was a research scientist and I have a degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy and an ONC and HNC in Electronic Engineering. I took redundancy from all that and for several years ran my own business as an Environmental Consultant, often working with Friends of the Earth local groups.