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Community Youth Programme

If you're aged between 14 and 18, we've got a whole programme of activities just for you!

So far, you've helped us create an app, had a go at managing woodland and taken part in some wild times... what do you want to see and do here next?

Join Team WB and have your voice heard!

We want your ideas!

If you'd like a say in what happens for young people at Westonbirt, then join Team WB - Westonbirt's very own youth forum - enabling you to shape the future of youth involvement at the arboretum.

Team WB has already helped us to develop an app and a range of activities for young people - but there is still more to do!

Join the team to help us develop more brilliant activities for young people at Westonbirt!

You'll get the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and try new things.

Team WB is part of the Westonbirt Project, funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund to engage with new audiences.  

Wild Westonbirt: a youth club with a difference!

An opportunity to spend some time in the woods, learn about practical conservation and gain experience using a range of tools, Wild Westonbirt is for you!

Wild Westonbirt is a youth club with a difference, where you'll have the opportunity to participate in a range of traditional woodland management activities, cook your lunch over an open fire and learn a few bushcraft and survival skills.

The club is open to individuals, but we can also hold special Wild Westonbirt residential stays for community youth groups - so if your group would like to take part in twilight walks, den building and bushfire cook-ups, contact Karen to find out more!

Can You Cut It?

Can You Cut It? is a programme for groups of 13 - 26 year olds which enables you to get outdoors and get involved in managing Westonbirt’s woodland.

You’ll learn how to use the tools of the trade and will get hands on in the hazel as you help us manage our coppice woodland (and you’ll find out what coppicing is, too!)

Can You Cut It? is a great combination of conservation and the creative arts – you’ll also learn about fire-lighting and have a go at traditional green woodworking crafts. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!

You can take part in Can You Cut It? either for a single day or over multiple visits. You can also incorporate Wild Westonbirt activities in your visit – including overnight stays in the woodland.

Can You Cut It? and Wild Westonbirt activities can often be used to meet the assessment or badge criteria of uniformed organisations - participants can also work towards gaining the John Muir award.

More information 

  • To get involved, contact Karen Price, our Community Youth Officer, by email or by calling 0300 067 4854.       
Last updated: 10th July 2017

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