MAKING THE MOST OF A VISIT TO THE FOREST
Organising a Visit - Careful planning is vital to the success of your visit. A pre-visit to the forest is recommended, ideally to meet with the Education staff, so that you are aware of what is there, what you want to do and also have the opportunity to check out sites/routes.
Costs - Throughout the year we often have to turn schools away due to demand. If you make a booking for a large group (70 upwards) please ensure you notify us of any drastic reduction in numbers (more than 10) at least four weeks prior to your visit. This ensures that all the Education Rangers' time is utilised efficiently, and other schools can possibly be accommodated. An extra charge of £35 will be enforced on the day of arrival if prior notice is not given.
Cancelling a Visit - A cancellation fee of £50 is required if you cancel your booking within 28 days of your visit. No fee is necessary for any cancellation over 28 days
Group Conduct - The leaders should be aware that they are responsible for the behaviour of their group at all times, whether self led or on Ranger led activities; leaders will often be expected to take a participatory role on led visits.
Clothing - Please make sure group members are adequately clothed for the conditions. Due to unpredictable weather, we recommend warm and waterproof clothing, stout shoes/wellies and hats/gloves as necessary throughout the year. Long trousers are advisable even in Summer as many activities could be off the "beaten track". Sun hat/sun cream is recommended in Summer months.
Safety - The safety of visitng groups is the responsibility of the group leader and we recommend that each group carry a first aid kit. Emergency first aid is also available on site. The forest is a working environment, please observe any restriction, warning or temporary closure notices. Risk assessments are available for all activities. A seperate safety agreement will be made with groups requiring led activities involving the use of tools. You should also be aware of local Authority Safety and Insurance Guidelines.
Respect Others! - Please respect other people in the forest and the wildlife....
TAKE NOTHING BUT PHOTOGRAPHS, LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS
KILL NOTHING BUT TIME AND KEEP NOTHING BUT MEMORIES.