Saturday, 31 December 2011

New Years Day walk

I hope that everyone has had a Merry Christmas and a festive time.

We are still planning on walking on the Quantocks tomorrow, meeting at Crowcombe Park Gate.....if anyone would like to join us please ring / text me today, as we may change the time and don't want people turning up and waiting around for us!

If we do not see you tomorrow, then may I personally take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy New Year and hope our paths cross in the near future....Tree Planting next on the calandar!

Best wishes


Monday, 19 December 2011

Somerset County Council Woodland Sell off

Hello All,

Apologies for hijacking the blog for this purpose but I wanted to let people know as soon as possible, in order for you to have an opinion.  

You may have heard about the proposal to sell off public land around Crowcombe hills?

It appears they may try to slip this in before Christmas, as the deadline for getting your opinion registered is FRIDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2011

Anyone wanting to raise this issue with their local council representative can find them here

The Quantock Eco group have objected to the proposal and information can be found on the following link

Have a read and see what you make of it…but do so by Friday! There is various information on the Woodland Facebook page too and links to other sites etc.

Many thanks Louise

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Festive day in the woods

A BIG thank you to everyone who came to the woods yesterday. I hope everyone had a wonderful afternoon. From thinking there would only be a handful of people to play, it was a busy afternoon with lots of buzzing, sizzling and cracking!

Ali and Linda did a superb job with the beautiful Christmas wreaths, stars and the glittered picture frame decorations! The wood today is full of even made Roo bark today! Thank you so much Linda and Ali for sharing your expertise....I am gutted that I did not get to have a go.....another time and certainly next year, we will certainly repeat the event, as was just so special to share a magical space with lovely people, some sparkle and magic fairy dust in the fire!!

Thank you also to all those that bought cakes....SO yummy....please come again!

Today, whilst i was having another big bonfire, burning all the cut rhododendron from yesterday i was thinking about and looking at the mud bath around the campfire. In the new year it will be time to move the camp in order to let the ground there rest. I am amazed that none of us slipped over in the dark last night!!

If anyone has photos from yesterday please post them here on the blog or facebook! Especially of your beautifully hand made wreaths and decorations!!

May i take this opportunity once again to wish you all a festive time and look forward to seeing many of you in the New Year.


Friday, 9 December 2011

Chrsitmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the olds mans hat!

It seems a while since a detailed Woodland update was posted. Here is the latest news from the woods and forthcoming events.


It is with great excitement that we are able to let you know (finally, as apologies for the short notice there has been a severe lack of internet connection recently) that we are having a Festive WILD ART session in the woods on Saturday 17th December 2011 1100 to 1300hrs 
Come and explore the wild woods, collecting lots of natural products as we go, then create Wild Art!! We are hoping to make hanging art works, and add a bit of Christmas sparkle to the woods!! We will also be lighting the fire, and toasting marshmallows, yum, yum!

Suitable for 1 yrs and up...bring an adult with you!
Wild Art Costs are £12 per child, £8 for the second child. Refreshments are provided. Why not bring a warming lunch and stay to play for a while.
MUST be booked in advance….just ring or email me.
Festive Fun & Wreath making workshop on SATURDAY 17th DECEMBER 2011 from 1400 to 1700hrs
SUITABLE FOR Children, families and adults.

This is an opportunity for those attending WILD ART to stay on and play and for everyone else to join us.  Throughout the afternoon there will be opportunities for children and adults to be shown how to make your own, natural Christmas Wreath (and take it home with you!), as well as making other festive and tree decorations.

There will be hot drinks and cakes throughout the afternoon for sale. Whilst it is FREE to attend we will be asking for donations to take part in the workshop.

As a big thank you to all that support the Woodland Play Centre, we would like invite you to stay in the woods as it starts to get dark, we will light the lanterns and we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and start the festive fun by having a glass of mulled wine and mince pie with us (you may also want to bring a torch!)

Please BOOK IN ADVANCE by letting us know, so we know roughly how many to cater for.

1100 Meet at Crowcombe Park Gate car park
A Winter Walk for all the family

Start the New Year with a winter walk on the Quantock Hills and walk off all the festive food! Refresh the soul with a gentle walk from Crowcombe Park Gate along the drove to Triscombe and down to the Blue Ball Inn. If coming with friends it maybe wise to consider parking one car at the Blue Ball so you can get a lift back to Crowcombe Park Gate, if not we can help with lifts as long as we know in advance! It is not a long walk, I am allowing 2 hours….unless we find anything really exciting on route! FREE apart from drinks at the Blue Ball!

Join us for a winter adventure and we will see what we can find and explore along the way…..let us know if you are coming by popping an email or ringing, so we know who to wait for at Crowcombe Park Gate!

  • Please lift-share where possible as parking is scarce.
  • Please park inside the gate (left gate as you turn in off the road) as tightly together as possible, but please DO NOT BLOCK or drive down the track – the woods are a CAR FREE ZONE.
  • If there is no space inside the gate, please ONLY PARK ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD NOT directly outside the gate or on the road at the entrance, as there has to be ACCESS TO THE WOODS FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES AT ALL TIMES. There are TWO GATES, neither gate must be blocked at any time, or should the roads.
  • There are PULL-INS up the lane opposite the gate to the woods, as well as on the road back down to Taunton – PLEASE USE THESE but do not block them or make it difficult for large traffic to pass.

Events maybe cancelled due to bad weather, so please keep an eye out for updates from me or check before heading out!


The recent months have been filled with planning and thinking for 2012! We are in the progress of re-developing the Woodland Play Centre website and that will be launched next year, it is exciting making all the changes and adding information. The aim is that whilst not at the top end of the all singing all dancing modern technology, it will be much easier to use, will be clearer, crisper with content, have up to date events and information and the ability to book online.

The most exciting news is that it is OFFICAL that the WOODLAND EXPLORERS CIC is now a fully incorporated Community Interest Company. It was decided to set up a CIC of which projects from the New Year will now be delivered through, the statement for incorporation has to declare that the company will carry out its activities for the benefit for the community, of which woodland projects do. This is really exciting as whilst the objectives have not changed, the legal structure in which the projects are delivered under reflect the objectives in terms of benefitting the community.

In the coming months, time will be spent on preparing for next year in the woods and making sure there are plenty of projects and events for you to engage in. There are hopefully some exciting projects in the pipeline, but if you, your friends, your school or group have a need for the woods or any particular project I would love to hear from you. As a reminder of what is currently offered;

  • WOODLAND PLAYSCHEMES – during school holidays (excluding Christmas) 1000 – 1600hrs, with early bird and night owl drop off options. For over 8’s and on request occasionally under 8’s. Perhaps you run a playscheme or project and want to come for a day or more to the woods?
  • WOODLAND PARTIES – all year round parties for children from 3 years and up (including adults!!), 3 hours of adventures, fire, mud and chaos….all facilitated by an environmental playworker! Tailored to individual requests.
  • WOODLAND ADVENTURES – for the younger adults….bit of surfing…coasteering….mountain biking with Active Escape. Can be built into a programme for your group, school if staying in the woods, can booked as a stand alone adventure or as a party…the choice is yours!
  • WOODLAND EDUCATIONAL DAYS – bring your class to the woods, whether pre-school, primary or secondary. Projects can be linked into certain curriculum areas, can support Forest School delivery. Come on West Somerset Railway to add to the adventure….just think Famous Five & the spook train! Projects tailored at your request!
  • WOODLAND TRAINING – for adults we can offer bespoke training as a one off, we specialise in outdoor play. Training can be in the woods or at your venue; workshops can be delivered at conference and network meetings. What about combining the Woodland Adventures with some environmental play for your company?! In the New Year we will be developing the suite of training but please do not hesitate to contact us if you require a day, evening or overnight in the woods.     

Wow….. THANK YOU for listening! That was a long message….I hope you made it to the end as one last thing…….I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you for supporting and opening your eyes in the woods this past year, hopefully next year more children young people and adults will have the opportunities to get close to nature, rekindle play outdoors and share some magical moments with us.

With very playful and festive wishes 

Louise & team!  


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