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Learning at Top Lodge

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.

Westonbirt education centre family activity trail

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: 17th October 2016


Sherwood Learning Rangers

0300 067 5467

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