Hazel Coppice Planting

Hazel Coppice Planting

In addition to the areas of plantation woodland on the nature reserve itself, we manage three areas of ancient woodland around the nature reserve: Barnsdale, Armley and Hambleton Woods. From time to time the woodland needs a boost to aid tree regeneration and help keep the woodland system healthy. This activity will involve the planting of around 500 saplings over the course of the day, and the fixing of stakes and tubes to protect the young trees from browsing by mice, voles, rabbits and deer. The tree species have been specially selected to compliment the existing woodland and maximise its value for biodiversity. Your group will be led by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust’s expert staff and volunteers, who will provide all the training and equipment you need, and an introduction to some of our native wildlife and tree species. This activity requires a good level of fitness – work will be undertaken on uneven ground within and established woodland. Participants must dress appropriately for a day of outdoor activity, bearing in mind the time of year and the day’s weather forecast, and ensure we are aware of any health or mobility problems in advance. Walking boots and a waterproof coat are essential. We will provide all tools and PPE. Participants should bring a packed lunch, and plenty to drink. Your team will be eating out on the reserve so we would advise picnic type food. This activity is suitable for a group of 6-8 people and will cost £700.00. We have two slots available, so book early to avoid disappointment.  For more information contact our Community Engagement...
Tree planting

Tree planting

In addition to the areas of plantation woodland on the nature reserve itself, we manage three areas of ancient woodland around the nature reserve: Barnsdale, Armley and Hambleton Woods. From time to time the woodland needs a boost to aid tree regeneration and help keep the woodland system healthy. This activity will involve the planting of around 500 saplings over the course of the day, and the fixing of stakes and tubes to protect the young trees from browsing by mice, voles, rabbits and deer. The tree species have been specially selected to compliment the existing woodland and maximise its value for biodiversity. Your group will be led by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust’s expert staff and volunteers, who will provide all the training and equipment you need, and an introduction to some of our native wildlife and tree species. This activity requires a good level of fitness – work will be undertaken on uneven ground within and established woodland. Participants must dress appropriately for a day of outdoor activity, bearing in mind the time of year and the day’s weather forecast, and ensure we are aware of any health or mobility problems in advance. Walking boots and a waterproof coat are essential. We will provide all tools and PPE. Participants should bring a packed lunch, and plenty to drink. Your team will be eating out on the reserve so we would advise picnic type food. This activity is suitable for a group of 10-12 people and will cost £700.00. We have two slots available, so book early to avoid disappointment.  For more information contact our Community Engagement...
Stick Dressing Day

Stick Dressing Day

Stick dressing is the craft of making and decorating walking sticks to aid mobility or working sticks/crooks as tools. This craft has developed from its original practical purpose into an art. The handle of the stick is fashioned into whatever takes your imagination. During the course of the session you will prepare and decorate your own walking stick. Sticks and all tools will be provided, along with the expert tuition you will need to create your masterpiece. This activity requires a good level of manual dexterity. Participants should bring a packed lunch, and plenty to drink. This activity will be led by the expert team from Rutland Willows. Your team will meet at the Volunteer Training Centre at 9:15 for a 9:30 start. The day will finish at approximately 3:30pm. Prices start at £700.00 for a group of up to eight people. For more information contact our Community Engagement Officer via...
Willow Weaving Experience

Willow Weaving Experience

Weaving of willow and other natural materials is a craft that has been undertaken for thousands of years, traditionally for baskets and other household items as well as sheep hurdles, garden supports and fencing. Today, willow weaving is as much of an art as it is functional, and due to the pliability and durability of willow it can be woven in to all sorts of forms. During the session you will learn to weave your own artwork from sustainably sourced coppice willow. You can either work individually to create a small willow creature such as a pheasant or dragonfly, or work together to create a larger piece of family or corporate art. At the end of the day you get to keep your creations. These sessions can be relaxed, or structured as a team building exercise. This activity requires manual dexterity. We will provide all materials, tools and PPE. Participants should bring a packed lunch, and plenty to drink. This activity will be led by the expert team from Rutland Willows at the Volunteer Training Centre. Times can be arranged to suit your group, with a taster session ranging from one hour to six hours; however to really get to grips with willow weaving we recommend a full day (9:30-3:30), or two day course. Prices start at £700.00 for a group of up to eight people. For more information contact our Community Engagement Officer, via...
Hedgelaying Experience

Hedgelaying Experience

Hedgelaying is a heritage skill which has been practiced for hundreds of years and is one of many techniques which can be used to manage hedgerows. A well-managed hedgerow is thick and bushy and creates an impenetrable barrier to sheep and cattle, whilst at the same time providing a refuge for wildlife as nesting habitat, shelter and a food source.  Left unmanaged, gaps will form in the hedge as it grows upwards and outwards, eventually becoming a line of trees; hedgelaying prevents this. During the course of the day you will practice the traditional craft of laying a hedge midlands style. Cut stems are bent over at an angle and secured with stakes and binders to promote regrowth at the base of the hedge. This keeps the hedge thick and healthy, and looks beautiful too! This activity requires a good level of fitness and your team would be outside all day. Participants must dress appropriately for a day of outdoor activity, bearing in mind the time of year and the days weather forecast, and ensure we are aware of any health or mobility problems in advance. Walking boots and a waterproof coat are essential. We will provide all tools and PPE. Participants should bring a packed lunch, and plenty to drink. Your team will be eating out on the reserve so we would advise picnic type food. This activity will be led by the expert team from Rutland Willows. Your team will meet at the Volunteer Training Centre at 9:15 for a 9:30 start. The day will finish at approximately 3:30pm. Prices start at £700.00 for a group of...
Dry Stone Walling Experience

Dry Stone Walling Experience

Dry stone walling in Britain dates back to the Iron Age, and is a heritage skill still used today. Dry stone walls, built without any mortar or cement, are common around Britain and most often used as boundaries of small fields containing livestock. Dry stone walls also have a high environmental value as they are made of natural materials and are a fantastic habitat and shelter for a wide range of species. During the course of the day you will learn how to dismantle and rebuild a section of dry stone wall to get a feel for the techniques and skill involved. This activity requires heavy lifting and your team would be outside all day. Participants must dress appropriately for a day of outdoor activity, bearing in mind the time of year and the days weather forecast, and ensure we are aware of any health or mobility problems in advance. Walking boots and a waterproof coat are essential. We will provide all tools and PPE. Participants should bring a packed lunch, and plenty to drink. Your team will be eating out on the reserve so we would advise picnic type food. This activity will be led by the expert team from Rutland Willows. Your team will meet at the Volunteer Training Centre at 9:15 for a 9:30 start. The day will finish at approximately 3:30pm. Prices start at £700.00 for a group of up to eight people. For more information contact our Community Engagement Officer via...

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