Environmental Activities for the Public

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The Environmental Education Project based on site organise a range of family friendly activities and trails. Visit the Events section of our website for the most up-to-date information on the forthcoming environmental events which include Science Discovery Days, the ‘Nightworld’ wildlife and star event and Astronomy Group activities at evenings and weekends plus a range of family friendly “Wildlife Watch” events in the school holidays.

Our site is famous for its access to ‘Conker Alley’ and there are lots of conkers to be collected along the boundary footpath.

In season you can pick fruit from the forest including cherries, sloes, elderberries and blackberries as well as the occasional hazel nut (if you can beat the squirrels to them!)

If you want to pick crab apples, other apples or sweet chestnuts you are welcome but please check with us first as we do use them for some education activities and need to see them on the trees until mid-end October!

Please send us photos via Facebook or Twitter of the things you make with them.

If you enjoy finding out about trees, you can follow our ‘tree trail’ which starts opposite the garden (see Site Map). There are between 3 and 6 individual trees for each of the species on the trail and they have their own information board out on site. You can also download the information.

We also have a sculpture trail, Science Trail, Teddy Walk / Trail and a Poetry Trail on site. The Sculpture Trail, called ‘Wild and Woody’ is a mile long and includes information and quiz questions. You can download it here or buy a copy in the shop for 50p. It starts on the Picnic Area.

The Poetry Trail is just under a mile long and involves following poetry clues from one board to the next. The first clue board is opposite reception but the trail starts properly at the main noticeboard on the Picnic Area.

Our Science Trail is just over a mile and includes simple, fun, science-based activities which you can try out as you explore the site. The first board is on the main noticeboard on the picnic area and each board tells you how to find the next one. Experts from Rolls Royce plc and the University of Derby have helped with the information and activities for this trail and we also have additional information and extension activities / curriculum links for schools – contact us for information.

The Teddy Walk at Rosliston is one of the many adventures of Bertie Bear. You can find out more about Bertie and his travels at: http://www/healthiersouthderbyshire.org/teddy-walks/rosliston-forestry-centre

Every Monday we run a Gardening Drop-in Session.  On alternate Tuesdays we run “Rosliston Rangers” – a mix of site tasks and conservation work.  By joining in with gardening/site or conservation activities you can increase your fitness levels, help us with the garden and learn some basic gardening skills at the same time. Follow this link for more information about Drop-in-Gardening.  Rosliston Rangers information is here.

We also run events and activities at other sites and you can find out more about these activities on South Derbyshire District Council’s Environmental Education web pages.

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