Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest

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The Snowy Forest Garden

Thank you to hardy souls who turned out for a snowy, cold morning in the forest garden! The forest garden was originally planted in 2010 and is a layered structure of productive plants under a woodland canopy. The plants are all “useful” be they for medicinal, edible, construction or other ( eg pigment) purposes. We’ve been tending the garden in fits and starts for the last few years but felt it was time to really get to know the garden now that it is more established.

This morning we spent the time labelling plants and cutting back some of the lower structure plants like the creeping brambles which were swamping the herbs. We have a few more tasks to do like move some of the apple trees but only when the weather improves, and so will be at the garden again for next month’s worktask.


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From mire to path – in one morning! FoDF April work task

Our April work task saw us work on a part of Adderstone walking trail near the World Cup car park. We all worked really hard but it paid off as you can see from the before and after pictures!


It was a great effort and the children especially appreciated their private tuition from ranger Keith on  how to lop off branches! Continue reading

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Wonderful Weather for Working the Willow!

It was lovely weather for our work task this morning weaving in the new shoots and generally tidying up the willow structures in the park by the visitor centre. There were a few spaces where the willow hadn’t taken so we also planted to fill them in. We also welcomed 3 new volunteers, Lizzie, Mike and Sue. Thanks for coming everyone!



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Bringing you up to speed with our a-maze-ing plans!

This week saw a planning meeting for the next steps for the maze that’s being built by local dry stone waller Mark Ellis in the heart of Dalby, which will become a legacy for locals and visitors to enjoy.


The maze is an intricate build and needs over 4000 tonnes of suitable stone. It is being constructed in stages and how long it takes will be influenced by how quickly the funds can be raised and how kind the weather is! We hope the maze will be open to the public in 2019.

We have listed how you can help and how to get involved elsewhere, and the next few months will see the Friends focusing on fund- and awareness- raising. And next time you are at the Visitor Centre, please do take a moment to look at the new display that has been put in place.


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Preparations for Halloween

It was lovely to spend the morning in the forest, which is getting more colourful by the day. October’s task was preparation for the Fear in the Forest event that will be happening in Dalby at Halloween. We bashed nettles and tidied up the paths for the walk and the “play station” areas which will be used by the performers on the night. We’re sure the frog will have found a new hiding place by then!

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For more information about Fear in the Forest, and to book tickets, see the website. The Friends will be in the visitor centre helping with crafts and running a spooky tombola!