Sir David Attenborough

“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care for what they have never experienced”

Community engagement is something we are really good at. As well as delivering activities on your behalf, we‘ll support you with ideas and may even be able to access funding together.

We work with all ages and can design programmes to suit the aims of your project and the budget!

Groups we have worked with include Friends of Groups, Rainbows, Brownies & Guides, Beavers, Cubs & Scouts, Parent & Toddlers, Youth Service projects, Housing Groups, RSPB, Pennine Prospects, City of Trees and many more.

Our group activities can help achieve environmental awards such as the John Muir Trust Award or Wildlife Badges … or just be a hands-on way of caring for local wildlife

Take a look at some of our current projects or contact us with an idea you think we might be able to help with.

Ealees Pond & Meadow Access Improvements (Jan -July 19)

Visitors and wildlife at Hollingworth Lake have been the real winners of an exciting project NatureEd has been involved in.  An easy access footpath to Ealees Pond and a new seating area designed for wheelchairs have been made possible by a grant from the Postcode Local Trust which is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.  Together with some match funding from the CIC, we have also been running some free pond dipping activities for schools and community groups to help check out and promote the improvements works. Volunteers were given specialist training in aquatic invertebrate ID skills so they could help support these educational visits.

The access improvements have been part of a bigger project led by the Ranger Service in partnership with Friends of Hollingworth Lake of which funding and voluntary help for the pond and meadow areas were given by the Rochdale-based household cleaning firm, Freudenburg Household Products.

Dig ‘n’ Delve heritage-themed Forest School sessions for Under 5’s.

Thanks to funding from Pennine Townships our popular Dig n Delve Forest School sessions for under 5’s will continue click Here for Dig n Delve poster Sept – Dec 2019

Working with Littleborugh Children’s Centre, we run a monthly outdoor play session at Ealees Woods, Hollingworth Lake. The woods make a fantastic place for creative play…. and we always have a base camp set up with drinks and snacks to keep energy levels high and lots of hands-on activities to get everyone inspired.
Places are limited … so book early by contacting 01706 378166.

Dig n Delve was developed through initial funding from  Pennine Prospects as part of Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund see NatureEd CIC ~ Dig n Delve Little Explorers Summary Review 27th July 2016(1)

Dig & Delve Childminder March 2017

Amazing wish we could do this every week love being outdoors letting the children explore

Nature Ninjas 

Working together with Barnardo’s, Nature Ninjas is an exciting opportunity for young people to explore nature and to be active contributors to the community.

The group has a membership of up to 16 young people aged 8 +, with 12 places for disabled children and 4 for non-disabled siblings or friends. Many of the activities we do fit perfectly with the challenges set in the John Muir Trust Award scheme meaning the hard work of the young people can be rewarded with a nationally recognized certificate.

Click for more information on John Muir Trust 

Barnardo's Nature Ninja Group Co-ordinator

This has proved a really successful group - children are loving the activities


Helping Our Local Wildlife (winter 2016/17)

This project was funded with support from Pennine Township, Rochdale Borough Council

Helping Our Local Wildlife aimed to get young people in the Pennine Township actively involved in caring for wildlife, raising environmental awareness, increasing health and wellbeing and above all … having fun!

rochdale online article

Explore Your Environment – Funded Eco Activity Sessions and Heritage Trails

During autumn/winter of 2017-18 NatureEd offered FREE eco-activity sessions to local community groups. Thanks to funding from Pennine, Rochdale & Heywood Townships, Rochdale Borough Council, Explore Your Environment (EYE) eco-activities have included seasonal decorations, mini-beast homes, pond dipping & bird nesting socks.

We also produced some new EYESpy Heritage Trails for Harehill Park, Balderstone Park and Queens Park. Using photo clues on a new map to find fascinating features hidden around the park, this EYESpy Heritage Trailis a first step into map reading and orienteering. So why don’t you have a go? The EYESpy Heritage Trails are available to download here

EYE Balderstone Park Leaders Notes

EYE Balderstone Park Activity Sheets

EYE Hare Hill Park Leaders Notes

EYE Hare Hill Activity Sheets 

EYE Queen’s Park Leaders Notes 

EYE Queen’s Park Activity Sheets

Dig & Delve Childminder March 2017

Amazing wish we could do this every week love being outdoors letting the children explore