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Learning at Fineshade Wood

Fineshade Wood offers a fantastic learning opportunity for people of all ages and abilities, combining hands-on education with ideas for active minds.

We can offer a wonderful setting for groups to carry out learning programmes, as well as activities for the life long learner.

With children's toilets available on request,  the Top Lodge cafe and a variety of trails for all abilities, this wood provides a wonderful setting for groups to carry out a range of learning programmes.

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 Learning - Bushcraft Business Opportunity

We are looking for a learning partner to deliver curriculum-linked activities for education groups of all ages. We also require this partner to offer a range of other activities, which may include forest school/bushcraft, birthday parties, holiday clubs and a range of small-scale family events.

The Forestry Commission makes a charge for businesses to operate on the public forest estate. You will be required to set out your financial offer on the application form. 

The opportunity is based at Fineshade Wood, near Corby.  Forest facilities for the successful applicant include an existing base with wooden camping shelters, fire circle, compost toilet and forest activity spaces. Additional camping shelters at a nearby forest will also be included in the offer, and the successful applicant will need to manage all these facilities.

Further information and an application pack will be provided at an Open day at Fineshade Wood on Thursday 14th September 2017. 

For those able to attend the open day (or for those unable to attend but still wanting an application pack), please contact:

Closing date for applications is Friday 13th October 2017.

  Ranger in a Bag

This resource provides all you need to run an exciting day of learning in the wood.

Discover your forest is for children taking part in the Children’s University scheme, and it can be done in any Forestry Commission woodland in England. 


The Forestry Commission has teamed up with Children's University to offer this exciting and engaging activity for children to complete, so that they can learn about the forest and how it is managed, at the same time as working towards their Children's University award.

The Children’s University (CU) is an international charity that provides 7 to 14 year olds (and 5 and 6 year olds with their families and carers) with exciting, high quality learning experiences outside the normal school day. The aim of CU is to raise aspirations and develop a love of learning by issuing children with a “Passport to Learning”

How do I take part?

  1. Download the Discover your forest activity sheet from Discover your forest 
  2. Come to the forest with a pencil and a small bag.  A clipboard may be useful if you have one.
  3. During the visit to the forest, discuss the questions and activities on the sheet.
    Write answers down as you go, or complete the sheet later on. If you complete the whole activity sheet, you will qualify for two hours of learning in your passport.
  4. When you have finished, scan pages 1 and 5, or take a photo of them, and email them to with your name and age, and the name of the forest you visited, so that we can send you a stamp for your CU passport.

Learning more about the forest

Here are some follow-up activities, which qualify for extra hours of learning.  If you do one of these, you can email your work to the Forestry Commission and it will be validated by a stamp which can be stuck into your CU passport.

• Take photographs of your seeds before and after germination and write an account of what you did to make it happen.

• Make a poster to show how sustainably managed forests are good for timber, wildlife and people.

• Draw and label some of the things you collected in the forest. Tell us what you learnt about them.

You can e-mail your work to A passport stamp will be emailed to you.

Planning your visit

Careful planning is vital to the success of your visit and we recommend that group leaders make a pre-visit to ensure they know where to park, where they are going and what the facilities are.

For further information, current charges or to book your visit please contact the Learning Rangers on 0300 067 5467 or email




Last updated: 21st August 2017


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