The idea is, at the end of the summer holidays, to run a day of forest school activities for families with children under the age of 11. This will give children and their parents some opportunities to explore the woodland, make dens and enjoy some simple campfire cooking at the end of the day! This activity will form one of the first stages in local residents reclaiming the neglected and often mis-used semi-natural ancient woodland of Bailey's Wood. The activities will bring children, young people and their families together onto a part of the wood to play and create spaces to relax, have fun and develop creativity and respect for our natural environment. Preparation for the event includes a couple of community litter picks organised by the newly formed Friends of Baileys Wood. The event will help to raise the profile of the wood and the Friends group and will form one of the first stages in what is planned to be at least a 5 year project.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
1. Because the wood has been neglected and misused for at least 20 years and will help start a process to reclaim it as a community asset. 2. Because it is part of a long term plan that is being developed by local stakeholders including residents of all ages and local organisations, has the backing of Manchester City Council and is sustainable. 3. Because it will not only support the learning and confidence of local children but also contribute to the reclamation of green space in the locality and help to bring the community together and build social capital in an area in which many of its residents are isolated.
Steps to get it done:
There is not much community activity in the area and this project will be an opportunity to galvanise local people and families into getting involved, for example, by volunteering to litter pick, and developing the green space on our door step for the whole community to benefit
About the space
Bailey's Wood is one of Manchester's few remaining semi natural ancient woodlands surrounded by the buildings of the former Booth Hall children's hospital. It is currently underused, or mis-used for fly tipping and a walk way through to a main road. It is a community asset that is ripe for further use by the community.
Manchester City Council
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