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.

Fun in the woods sessions

What will my I or my child be doing?

It varies depending on the site, the weather, the age of the participants and the season! The participant led ethos of all Moors Wood courses means that children (and adults!) can choose what to do in, carefully supported and encouraged by trained adults. Possible activities may include:

Playing environmental games.
Free play.
I.D skills, birds, beasts and plants ID.
Hunting for minibeasts.

Making mud monsters.
Natural crafts – making necklaces from elder, crowns or dreamcatchers from willow.
collages from natural materials, weaving with long grasses, tree cookies, mud sculpture.

Interacting with other likeminded children and adults.
Making musical instruments.
Using small hand tools –peeling bark from sticks with potato peelers to make toasting forks, drilling holes in wood cookies, digging in the mud.

Trail laying and tracking.
Story telling.
Shelter building and knot tying.

Fire building and cooking on a campfire.

And above all, having fun!

Sessions are planned around the individual’s and group’s needs. All Forest School Leaders are qualified through nationally recognised and accredited training, therefore ensuring a high quality learning experience.

At a stand alone play session or course we will start with a chat about safety and establish boundaries and routines. As the participants develop in confidence and familiarity with the environment, the session then focuses on learning through having fun, to develop and consolidate skills and understanding.

The same process happens if a series of sessions are attended, with skills and confidence developing with every new session.