Website Address: www.offwellwoodlands.co.uk
2016 was an eventful year at the Woodlands. We have said a sad goodbye to David Tilbury who provided a lead and guidance for the Trust for over 10 years. David and Rosemary have moved to Lincolnshire and we wish them both well.
Janet Banfield and myself have now effectively taken over the role of local trustees and I take responsibility for day to day management. Although Douglas Syers no longer works for the Trust he still assists on volunteer mornings.
We have a small group of six volunteers who do sterling work maintaining the habitat for wildlife and visitors. We meet every Tuesday morning and on some Wednesday mornings. If anyone is interested in volunteering or finding out what we do please email me on either: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We are in the process of having a new website designed and in the meantime you can still access: www.countrysideinfo.co.uk which provides practical environmental education for all abilities and ages, and links to the Offwell Woodlands Community site. This includes a Facebook page.
The Lakeside classroom and toilets have been given a make-over and Offwell School can now use it whenever they wish for lessons in connection with their ‘welly walks’.
We are now actively working with the Forestry Commission to improve the woodlands and the trustees are keen to establish a good relationship with the local community who have free access to the woodlands at any time.
I will be writing a regular monthly column for the Offwell Village website and there are regular updates on our Facebook page – search for Offwell Woodlands.
In July the whole school enjoyed a woodland welly walk with parents and carers joining in. Favourite activities were building fairy homes and making dens. Years 4 and 5 also took part in a Forest School session led by a Forest School Specialist. Years 5 and 6 have also enjoyed art classes in the cabin. News of our new website will follow shortly.