Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest

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Sleningford – our forest garden’s spiritual home!

Today a group of FoDF had a wonderful visit to the forest garden at Old Sleningford farm

We had a morning session exploring forest garden basics, followed by a fabulous, forest garden lunch, and then spent a couple of hours exploring the garden itself with its creator Rachel.

We are really grateful to Rachel for freely sharing her time and expertise. I know we’ve all taken so much on board and that our little forest garden at Dalby will benefit hugely. Some of our plants had  came from Sleningford and a few more are making their way to their new home in Dalby!






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2017 dry stone wall maze open day. Will you be there next year?!

Firstly, thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their Saturday to help out with our maze open day for the first cohort of supporters who had bought a stone or attended a workshop.

It was a fabulous day and it was thrilling to see everyone discover their stone now it has been built into the maze. Everyone left with a smile on their face, even those who were unlucky enough to have booked their slot when the rain arrived at the end of the day!

Book your stone here and you’ll also get invited to view your stone in situ while the maze is under construction.



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Birdsong in the forest

After a meeting in the forest this morning, I stopped by the bird feeders by the lake, which the Friends keep topped up. I just had to share the beautiful birdsong.

In 10 mins I saw Coal tits, a Woodpecker, Chaffinches, Great tits, a Robin, Blue tits, Dunnocks and a Blackbird.



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The Dalby Dry Stone Wall Maze – from the Air!

We just love this video of the Maze under construction in summer 2016 by Merryn, from Ashcroft Digital.

Remember if you would like to support the maze project, either by attending a carving workshop where you can carve your own initials into a stone or by buying an initialled stone, then you can do so via


Dalby Drystone Wall Maze from Ashcroft Interactive on Vimeo.