NatureEd CIC is a social enterprise helping schools and communities in Rochdale to enjoy and benefit their local green spaces. Working in agreement with Rochdale Council, we are based at Hollingworth Lake delivering high quality, educational activities and outdoor experiences across the Borough.



Hands-on curriculum-based environmental education



Helping to care for local wildlife, fun eco-activities for all

Forest Schools

Forest Schools

Specialist outdoor learning, sharing our skills and expertise

Welcome to NatureEd CIC

We hope our website will help you find out about who we are and what we offer. To book or get more specific information about things that are of particular interest to you, click on the links or the images above. Or, please contact us here we are based in Rochdale so can easily arrange to ring you or meet up to discuss your enquiry more.

Who we are

Registered as a Community Interest Company, we operate through a network of facilitators – all with relevant qualifications and a huge commitment to promoting environmental education. Our aim is to actively encourage long term involvement in Rochdale’s green spaces, helping the community to work towards a more sustainable future.

About us explains more about our ethos, introduces the team, where we work and how to book

What we offer

NatureEd offers a wide range of quality outdoor and environmental learning opportunities.

Our Schools workshops have been developed as a fun way of meeting elements in the National Curriculum including Science, Geography, History and PHSE.   In addition to the popular activities we’ve listed, we can also develop bespoke workshops and programmes. These may be to suit specific learning outcomes, nurture groups, age ranges, etc. Or perhaps could be for achieving a qualification such as the John Muir Awards.

Our Community projects demonstrate the range of groups and events NatureEd has been involved in past, present and future. Most of the activities we offer schools can easily be tailored for community groups and public events. Helping the local community is core to our ethos so, by sharing our ideas and expertise, we hope we add extra value to what groups, volunteers and partner organisations can do.

Our Forest School activities are our more specialist provision including Forest School Tasters, Forest School Programmes and CPD & skill sharing opportunities. All our sessions are run under the expertise of our team of Level 3 Forest School practitioners.

Contact NatureEd here for more details 

Here is what you’re saying about NatureEd…


Thank you. You did a great job - it's obvious that you love it - and it comes across – it's infectious


Family Forest Fun

It was all fab

Junior Wardens

WW1 Shelter Building session

Brilliant, great, outstanding, fantastic, fabulous, exciting, spectacular, super, wonderful, delicious, yummy, industrious, instructable, kind, adventurous, team-work, historical

Pennine Youth Council

Foraging and natural art session

Team work, collaboration, berry picking …brilliant


Dig n Delve session

a great opportunity for families in the area to get outdoors and explore in a fun way.

Ethan (under 5)

Dig n Delve session

Making caterpillarsauruswas the best!

Guider & District Commissioner

Bulb planting & natural decoration session

The parents were really impressed by what the girls had made and very complimentary. Jude is fantastic with the girls and explains the activities and what is expected in a way they understand. Will definitely book another session and spread the word around

Friends of Hopwood Park

Family Fun Day

“The feedback from the children & families has been very positive and we would love another visit / workshop”.

Heybrook Sure Start

Explore Your Environment - Making Bird Feeders

What a fab session. Fantastic experience for children and parents”

St Margarets Brownies

Explore Your Environment - Bird Feeders

"The brownies said it was awesome. Would recommend to everyone. Please can we book you again"

Teacher All Saints Primary

Forest School Heritage Taster

“Activities gave space for children to investigate, learn and play whilst developing knowledge and respect for their natural environment. Woodland heritage is fascinating and a way to see how Healey Dell was used in the past”