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.

Adult Environmental Education courses

Come and try something new!

Want to offer more outdoor activities in your setting? Want to have fun and learn something new? Come and brush up your skills, learn some new ones or take a fresh look at what you offer in the lovely surroundings of Moors Wood. Activities will be lead by Sarah Blenkinsop, owner of Moors Wood, a qualified Forest School Practitioner and adult lecturer, who has been involved in outdoor / wildlife / woodland activity all her life.

Half-day outdoor activity sessions could involve a selection from the following list of topics, depending on the time of year;

 den building (for toys or people)

 digging and making mud models, tree spirits, mud faces,

 woodland crafts and natural art (making picture frames from wood lashed together, wood cookies to use as name badges, painting with natural paints, plaiting with natural materials),
 plant and animal ID skills, how to use ID charts,
 camp fire lighting and cookery,
 environmental games to play,
 bug hunting and identifying, making mini beast homes,
 tracking and trail laying,
 Scavenger hunts, “un-nature” trails,
 Feeding the birds (making bird feeders, seed pictures etc)
 Small hand tool use.
 and, of course using the woodland to practice and hone your own skills, for delivery elsewhere

A longer session would involve an activity in the morning, eating a packed lunch around the fire and then a further activity in the afternoon. For example a “habitats and home” theme could involve discussion of what animals and birds need to make a home then mini den building (for soft toys) in the morning and then a larger scale construction session of a small adult sized den in the afternoon. Activity sessions can be tailored to your requirements.

Shorter 1 – 2 hour sessions on one or two of the above topics could also be held in the evenings.

Sessions would be based around the campfire area in Moors Wood. Hot drinks will be prepared on the fire (weather permitting!) as will ( maybe) popcorn and marshmallows.

It is possible some of the shorter sessions could be delivered off site, at another setting, depending on materials available.