Hill Holt Wood - Following guidance from the Government, Hill Holt Wood remains closed to the public until further notice. This includes closure of our Hive Café. We will continue to serve our community as best we can during the pandemic but do not want to risk anyone becoming unwell. Thank you for your continued support, we will update you when these circumstances change.
Norton Big Wood - This site is now open 7 days per week to the public, using our pedestrian entrance ONLY.
Please follow the link below for more information on COVID-19 and how to protect yourselves and others
Education & Courses
The diverse education we offer at HHW allows us to engage young people of all ages and abilities. We provide reintegration programmes and bespoke placements for the Local Authority from Key Stage 1 through to the end of their secondary education in Year 11. For young people who are accessing a mainstream or specialist school, but would benefit from an alternative timetable, we offer an enrichment programme based around woodland maintenance and eco-construction skills. Our recent development within our education provision is that of EHCP/SEND placements; our small group sizes and ability to design bespoke courses enable us to create a positive, alternative education experience.
Set in a beautiful woodland, Hill Holt Wood’s study programme offers a unique opportunity to get out of the classroom and spend time in the natural environment. The aim of the study programme is to maximise the potential of young people aged 16-19 (or up to 24 with EHCP) through our vocational courses. We support our learners with their progression into employment or further learning with a dedicated careers advice programme
Hill Holt Wood offers a unique opportunity for young people who may need alternative curriculum provision to support their current education setting. We work with a growing number of local schools and authorities to provide school referral programmes for all Key Stages. Our provision includes enrichment activities for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 with bespoke accredited courses available for Key Stage 4
Our Natural Curiosity Club offers a range of opportunities for inquisitive young minds to explore all the exciting learning activities in our woodland. Sessions include pond dipping, animal tracking, habitat creation and shelter building as well as supporting our pollution watch and conservation work. For more information about upcoming sessions please fill out the enquiry form in the box below
Fox Cub Club
Available to 2-5 year olds, Hill Holt Wood offers an outdoor stay and play session in our nature-rich woodland. Activities include games, bug hunts, storytelling and hands on nature themed craft activities. These sessions are priced at £5 per child with sibling discounts available. A complimentary juice and snack (see link below) will be provided. Please book using the contact details below or by filling out our enquiry form as places are limited
School & Higher Education Visits
Working closely with schools and higher education providers, Hill Holt Wood hosts tailored visits to suit individual needs. From den building and fire lighting with Primary school groups, to workshops in woodland management and natural building for Universities, we can run a range of activities that will make your Hill Holt Wood experience fun and educational
We host natural building workshops for groups of individuals in Log Cabin Building, Straw Bale Building and Reciprocal Framing. Our certified qualifications are suited to those interested in the built environment with a strong sustainable agenda. We will teach you the basics to inspire your own projects in a theoretical and practical-based activity workshop, allowing you to get hands on applying learnt knowledge in a real life example