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Explore Jeskyns
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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

GruffaloGruffalo Trail

This is a self led trail suitable for ages two to six.  Please note there will NOT be a Gruffalo sculpture on this trail but he will be visiting Jeskyns on the 8th Aug. More details here! 

Latest News

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Events and Activities

Whatever the season join us for fun and informative events and activities such as autumn seed collections, spring bird walks or summer pond dipping sessions.

Responsible dog owners welcomed!

Jeskyns 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?

Nature watching

The song of the Skylark is a constant presence at Jeskyns. It  provides an idyllic sound track to accompany a spot of nature watching in this vastly improved landscape. 

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Ifrequently visit the play park with my two children at jeskyns,they absolutely love the tunnels and whole play area! We recently followed the gruffalo trail and both really enjoyed the activities. We also celebrated the gruffalo's birthday there and were really impressed with the activities set up for the children to do, we all had a wonderful time! Thank you!

Emily, 17/Jun/2014

Thank you for your commments Emily!

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

As the nearest place to hold a Gruffalo Trail we came with our two and a half year old having told him he would be hunting for a Gruffalo. However, there is no Gruffalo!!! Most disappointing and a blatant misrepresentation on behalf of the Forestry Commision in my opinion! How can you advertise a Gruffalo Trail that only has a cardboard cutout of a fox, owl and mouse and no actual Gruffalo?! If you do want a walk on gravelled paths with a buggy however minus the Gruffalo mention then Jeskyns is a lovely place, but do not tell your children that you are going on a Gruffalo trail as it will only lead to disappointment and tears! On asking the cafe staff where the gruffalo was they told us in then play area, which it was NOT!

Louisa, 8/Jun/2014

We are sorry that you did not see the Gruffalo during your visit Louisa. Some larger Forestry Commission sites are lucky enough to have a life size Gruffalo sculpture but unfortuanely not at Jeskyns. There is however a representation of him hiding in the trees behind the Hide and Seek board along with all the other characters from the story. Also the Gruffalo himself will be visiting Jeskyns on the 8th August, so we hope you will come along to meet him in person then. We will be posting more details about this special day on the website soon -so do check back.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

My two children ( seven and nine) and I visited the park today as the Forestry Commission had put on some activities to mark the Gruffalo's 15th anniversary. We had an amazing time and we can't wait to return on 8th August. to see the Gruffalo.

Anonymous, 7/Jun/2014

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments - we look forward to introducing you in person to the Gruffalo on the 8th August! More details about this day will follow on website soon.

Forestry Commission Response
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Last updated: 07/17/2014

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • 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
  • Play area
  • Range of natural play features.
  • Walking
  • Range of easy access, hard surfaced trails.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TQ660699
Postcode: DA12 3AN

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Jeskyns Ranger

01474 825118

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
7am to dusk (closing times vary according to daylight hours)
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