Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest

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The Maze is quite a TV star!

Did you catch the report on the maze on Look North on 9th October? The star of the show was definitely the maze!


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Thank you to FoDF Hillary and Peter

We are sad to be saying goodbye to Hillary and Peter Turton who have recently stepped down from their FoDF volunteer director roles in September 2017 as they are moving away from the area to be closer to family.

It has meant some reorganisation of administrative responsibilities for the Friends as Peter was chair and Hillary was both treasurer and worktask organiser!

Julie Dadswell has taken over as treasurer and Judith Winters (already a director handling the website, Twitter and Facebook accounts) has taken on the worktasks and events role and will liaise with the Forest Rangers.

We are very grateful to Peter and Hillary for all the time they’ve spent on keeping the Friends going as they stepped in at a time when it is fair to say we really needed some momentum, energy and spark to keep going. They have become great friends to many of us and will very much be missed!

They may be around for another work task as the house move goes through but we hope that won’t be the last we hear of them!


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September worktask at the maze

Carved stones and carving workshops for the maze are becoming increasingly popular but we’re not running out of walls to build them into quite yet!

Our most recent worktask saw the clearing of the area that will  become the third circle – my, we shifted a lot of stone in one sunny September morning!

It was lovely to discover a small ‘votive’ offering too – thanks to an anonymous visitor!


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Fear in the Forest

Get those fiendishly fearsome costumes at the ready! The Friends will be there with some spooky crafts for the younger ones.

All walks are ticketed and must be booked in advance.

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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.