High Weald

The organisations below can help your school undertake the High Weald Hero actions. They can supply advice and ideas, visit your school to run workshops or host school trips to local countryside sites. Please contact them directly to discuss your needs.

You can also download a list of pdf Educational Providers (102 KB)  in the High Weald.

Ashdown Forest Centre  With a fully equipped education barn and a pdf range of taught and self-guided options available (297 KB) , the Ashdown Forest Centre is the ideal place for any visit to the Forest.  As well as hosting school visits, a Winnie-the-Pooh story sack is also available for free hire.   T: 01342 823583

Buchan Country Park  Provide an outreach service for schools, and can offer wildlife/environmental education advice for schools using their school grounds or local green spaces. T: 01293 542088

Commonwork As well as offering visits and workshops at Bore Place, Commonwork's education team is able to work with teachers and youth workers to introduce sustainable and global topics that can then be taken further with school teaching staff. Numerous topics are available including Critical Thinking Skills, Water, Global Food, Climate Change, Sustainable Buildings, Ethical fashion, Citizenship and Renewable Energy.  Commonwork are also happy to tailor workshops to suit your needs.  T: 01732 463255

ESAMP (East Sussex Archaeology & Museums Partnership) ESAMP aims to raise awareness of the rich environmental, archaeological and cultural heritage of East Sussex.  ESAMP run an outreach service designed to bring archaeological periods to life for children in their own classroom. These day long sessions include handling, recording and interpreting artefacts, looking at settlements, making copies of pots, weaving cloth, and looking at evidence from local sites. Periods from the Mesolithic (early hunter/gathers) through to the Victorian are covered.  Advice and support also available to build reconstruction buildings in school grounds.  T: 01273 486 959

Kent High Weald Partnership  School grounds work, field trips to local nature reserves - Barnett's Wood & Cinderhill - and supporting the delivery of High Weald Heroes in Tunbridge Wells.   T: 01580 212 972.  Kent schools can also find support for Creating Areas for Nature.

Kent Wildlife Trust  Bringing environmental education to your school, Kent Wildlife Trust can offer practical advice and support for developing your school grounds into wildlife-friendly habitats.  Education Officers are also available to run curriculum-based sessions e.g. creative crafts, games, studies and workshops, to help children recognize trees, plants, minibeasts and topography. Themed assemblies are also available.  T: 01622 662012

Mid Sussex County Council Schools in Mid Sussex can take advantage of the Greener Spaces, Better Places scheme. The Environmental Education team visit schools (for free!) and deliver sessions on a variety of topics from community safety to recycling and visits to parks and nature reserves. Each session is packed with information and fun activities delivered by trained and enthusiastic staff. The programme is linked to the National Curriculum. T: 01444 477561

North West Kent Countryside Partnership (NWKCP)  For schools in the Sevenoaks district of the AONB, NWKCP can help support development of school grounds e.g. nature areas and ponds, offer advice for outdoor projects and provide learning resources for a range of activities.  T: 01322 294727.  Kent schools can also find support for Creating Areas for Nature.

Sussex Wildlife Trust Apart from delivering sessions on Ashdown Forest, members of the Sussex Wildlife Trust are happy to visit schools for school grounds development and wildlife visits.  T: 01273 492630