Environmental Education

A Natural Way to Learn

We have been working with visitors, families and schools since 1994, helping shape environmental education in South Derbyshire and across The National Forest.

For our latest news, events and offers you can follow us on our own Facebook page!  Follow us on YouTube to learn a bit about us the site and to try some of our activities.

We review all our sessions, activities and risk assessments regularly and follow all government guidelines, for example applying social distancing and hygiene measures.  Please contact us with your session ideas and any concerns or requirements around Covid-19, or any other matter, so that we can adapt to support you.  Someone is available most weekdays for a telephone call, video call or a face to face meeting on site.  Please email us to book a slot or ring the office.

Email Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) rosliston@southderbyshire.gov.uk.

Office number – most weekdays 9am – 3pm 01283 535039 (answerphone:  if no-one is available immediately please leave a message and we will call you back).  Or try 07776 965054.


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Curriculum-linked Activities for Schools

(See School Visits page for more information)

For schools we offer curriculum-linked activities, based on exploration and investigation in our woods and meadows – but always with a big emphasis on fun.

Our outdoor learning opportunities cover a range of subjects and we are happy to discuss your requirements.  We can also provide teacher training and twilight sessions both here and at your own site!

We have programmes and activities for Early Years, Primary and Secondary pupils and can adapt our sessions for different ages, different needs and abilities and for different sites.

Activities for families and other Visitors

Our activity programme includes events like the Science Discovery Day and Dawn Chorus Walk in the spring, ‘NightWatch’ event in July, themed walks around the District and our holiday activity walks at Rosliston. See the site Special Events page for more details relating to specific events.

Trails and activities for families can be found here e.g Sculpture Trail, Tree Trail.

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Every Monday, we run a Gardening Drop in Session.  By joining in with gardening 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 2020-2021.

On alternate Tuesdays we run Rosliston Rangers – carrying out site maintenance and conservation projects.  Find out more here.

Gardening at Rosliston

Follow our Environmental Education Project Team: #RoslistonEnvEd on Twitter and
‘Environmental Education Project at Rosliston Forestry Centre’ on Facebook

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About us

We are part of South Derbyshire District Council, supported by The National Forest company, Rolls-Royce plc and Forestry England.

We have held the “Quality Badge” for Learning Outside the Classroom since 2013 – following a rigorous inspection by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC):  the outdoor learning version of Ofsted!

Our Manager, Kate won the 2014 Council for Learning Outside the Classroom national ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award for her work leading our team here at Rosliston and we have featured in Derbyshire Life (2015, 2017, 2020) and The Times Educational Supplement (2009).

We have written education programmes for Sainsbury’s and helped the Woodland Trust write and deliver their Jubilee project for schools across the UK and we also develop and deliver work for other partner organisations and schools.

We have worked with Rolls-Royce plc, local artists, local musicians, our local LEAs (Local Education Authorities) and subject specialists from University of Derby to develop our activities across the curriculum.

Can we help you?

Contact the Education Team on 01283 535039

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Environmental Education Project at Rosliston

Our work in Swadlincote for schools, other groups and individuals links to Swadlincote Cultural Partnership and the Swadlincote Townscape Project. You can find out more about these projects, which includes Town Trails, WW1 Commemorative Walks and many other activities at South Derbyshire District Council’s Environmental Education web page.

Contact the Education Team on 01283 535039

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