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Our Forest School Sites

Mitcheldean

We are currently developing a second site near Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire called Horsepool Nature Reserve, on Jubilee road, Plump Hill, near Mitcheldean.  It is a larger site than Parkend, and we will have sole use, enabling us to run groups at times the Scouts are using the Beaver Lodge, such as school holidays, weekend and after school.

We will have a fire circle with a canopy shelter, with a view over the fields and valley.

The site is a mixture of mature trees including oaks and hazel.  There is also an abundance of plants such as daffodils, wild garlic, and brambles.

We are aiming to have the site ready to open by the end of June 2024.  Come back to find out more here.  If you're not on our mailing list, subscribe at the bottom of the page to hear when the site opens.

A photograph of daffodils at our site in Mitcheldean. Behind the daffodils are a number of hazel trees and a large oak. The branches have no leaves.
A photograph of hazel woodland in early spring.
A photograph of the team putting up a shed on our land
An image of the woodland in winter
A photograph of the pond. There is a bench that over looks the water and trees in the foreground.

Parkend

Our Parkend site is a fenced woodland which he hire from 1st Royal Forest Scouts.  The Address is Beaver Lodge, Whitecroft Road, Parkend, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 4HG.  This site is Ofsted Registered.

 

The site is accessed from a gate to the left of the path up to the lodge.  The woodland consists mainly of mature oak trees, along with a few other species, Ash, Beech and Hawthorn.  There is a stream running along the edge of the woodland, where we have spotted trout and crayfish.  We have a fire circle made from logs and boards, with a boundaried fire pit.  We set up craft stations, mud kitchen and other activities within the woodland.  We often set up shelters, a slack line dens and/or a hammock.

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Photo of the woodland with the sun shining through the trees, catching the sun rays in the smoke from the fire.
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