Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest

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Have you booked your workshop yet?

The Dry Stone Wall Maze is looking good in the spring sunshine. Here are some pictures of recently carved stones now built into the wall.

Book your workshop or order your stone here

Carving workshops start 14th of May, there is one place left on the afternoon session.

21st May afternoon session now full, and the 9th of July afternoon session also full, but still room on all the morning sessions.

Hope to see you there!



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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!

den discussion frog hillary-peter nettle-bashing nettle-bashing2 park path-clearing

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!

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The Bountiful Forest Garden – getting ready for winter at Dalby Forest

The forest garden was looking particularly lovely this morning as we tidied up for the winter. Still some very juicy blackberries and raspberries and there were lots of bees and insects around too. We also welcomed 3 new volunteers. Thanks everyone for coming!

Next month we will also be working in Lower Dalby getting ready for our Halloween Happenings. The weather will almost certainly have turned cooler by then so what an even more special September morning today.

fungi raspberries beeonmint blackberries rosehips tansyandmint thistle amberandted busy breaktime

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September work task in the Forest Garden

Our next volunteer morning will be on Sunday 20 September in the Forest Garden. This is situated in the courtyard behind the bike hire building and near the Courtyard cafe in Low Dalby. The task will be from 9am (but if you turn up later that is fine) finishing between 12 noon and 1 pm. Bring gardening tools if you wish but this is optional.
Just let us know you’re coming.