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Discover brand new woodlands, ponds, orchards and wildflower meadows at Jeskyns Community Woodland.  Come and watch it grow.

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Stickman Activity Trail

Forest web page 150x98pxJoin in the fun from 1st December 2015 with our self led Stickman trail. Activity packs availbale for purchase from the cafe (£3).  Sign up and be the first to about anything stickman!

Events and Activities

Cardinham Forest SchoolWhatever the season join us for fun and informative events and activities such as our Forest School Activity Programme.

Responsible dog owners welcomed!

Jeskyns Dog Club mascot 1Jeskyns is a great place to have fun with your pooch. Why not join our free Jeskyns Dog Club and help us to promote responsible dog ownership?

What do other visitors say?

As a Discovery Pass holder I was most annoyed this morning when I walked my dog in Jeskyns to see the notice about the suspension of car parking charges during the week. I tend to only visit the park during the week, because it is busier at weekends, and purchased a Discovery Pass when the car parking charges were first imposed, to save me both the hassle of having to pay on every visit and to save cost.

I'm sorry to hear about the vandalisation of the machines but I would hope that there will be some form of compensation for those of us who have purchased the car parking pass while others are using the car park free of charge during the week.

Anonymous, 3/Feb/2016

We are getting the machines replaced as quickly as possible but we aredependent upon the manufacturer timescales (min 8 weeks). The timing of the machine vandalism being the day before Christmas has further delayed this process. Please be assured that we are doing everything within our power to get the process moving as fast as possible. The loss of both machines is resulting in the loss of significant much needed revenue and we appreciate that it is also causing upset some of our Discover Pass holders. For these reasons, staff are now stationed on site at weekends to manually collect the parking charges. We appreciate that this does mean that during the week, Discovery Pass holders are in effect paying for parking whilst other visitors are not, but we ask for your patience. At 30 a year, Discovery Pass holders pay approx. 2.50 a month and we hope that most will be willing to afford us this amount knowing that their contribution is enabling us to continue managing Jeskyns.

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Pleased to see that Jeskyns is collecting parking money at the weekends at least. Hope a permanent solution is found soon.

Anonymous, 31/Jan/2016

Thanks for your feedback - rest assured, we are working on a permanent solution!

Forestry Commission Response
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I'm a long time dog walker at Jeskyns and it's truly a wonderful space with much to offer. However, the level of dog mess being left on the pathways and grass areas has now become unbearable and nothing is being done to combat it. In the last 4 weeks I've had to make 2 trips to the vets (costing 160 in total) as my puppy has taken to eating said mess and gives herself a very upset tummy. I appreciate that to some extent this is a training issue but I refuse to muzzle her because other people are lazy and downright inconsiderate. Keeping a young spaniel on a lead is not suitable either. With the number of cars that visit, paying 1.50 each time, you can surely afford to utilise some of your income to combat this issue. Until then, I won't be visiting which is a real shame and I've heard others say the same.

MrsA, 21/Jan/2016

We always notice an increase in dogs mess on site at this time of year and think this is down to a number of factors including: 1. Shorter days (people walk after dark and don’t pick up because no one can see them). 2. Weather conditions (cold damp weather means the mess does not break down – it just sits there). 3. A general increase in visitors with dogs (other neighbouring parks get very muddy at this time of year making Jeskyns particularly popular!) Understanding the causes helps, but what do we do about it? Our Rangers have increased their patrols challenging anyone they see not picking up, but they can’t be everywhere at all times. We know that “peer pressure” is often the most effective method of encouraging responsible behaviours so you can help by doing four things: 1. Politely offer a poo bag to anyone you see not picking up. 2. Let us know if you see anyone falling foul of the rules (sorry for the pun!). Descriptions of owners and dogs with visit times can help our Rangers to identify them and speak to them directly. 3. Keeping your dog on a lead in the on lead zone – this encourages others to do so and really helps reduce fouling in this particular area. 4. Let others know that it is not acceptable to leave dogs mess! Share your thoughts with other visitors and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jeskynscommunitywoodland/ We really appreciate your support!

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Last updated: 10th February 2016

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Cafe
  • Cafe open daily 10am to 3pm.
  • Cycling
  • Cycles welcome to use all paths - but please give way to pedestrians.
  • Horse riding
  • Dedicated grass horse trail.
  • Orienteering
  • Permanent orienteering course. Maps available from www.dfok.co.uk
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 1.50 per day or 30 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
  • Play area
  • Range of natural play features.
  • Walking
  • Range of easy access, hard surfaced trails.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets open during cafe opening hours (10am - 3pm daily).
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: TQ660699
Postcode: DA12 3AN

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Contact

Jeskyns Ranger

01474 825118
jeskynsranger@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
7am to dusk - currently 5pm
Parking
1.50 per day or 30 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
Discovery Pass
30
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