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On the 18th of March we welcomed scouts and guides to Walesby Forest and into the great outdoors for a weekend of camping, activities and getting the forest ready for the spring/summer season. 

The weekend of free camping and activities started on the Friday lunchtime and after a night of camping under the stars,  a full day of work on the grounds began! The scouts and guides were invited into the forest to work with the leaders, volunteers and instructors to clean up Sherwood Forest. 

We needed to ensure Walesby was ready for the coming months when the forest will be in bloom and we will have many visitors across the 250 acres. CEO Guy Laurie commented on how well everyone worked together;

“With 250 acres of Walesby wilderness to tame after the winter months we knew it would be a big job, yet we had a great team of volunteers, employees and more importantly scouts and guides to help!  The children did a fantastic job and we honestly cannot thank  them enough! We are extremely close to welcoming the public back for an event-filled summer season”.

Wake up Walesby weekend is a great way of educating young people in a fun and safe environment, getting them stuck into doing something meaningful whilst at the same time making memories with their friends in the heart of the forest. After a Saturday full of getting their hands dirty, Sunday was filled with a range of free activities. For some Scouts and Guides the weekend will have been the first time they have done anything like this or been away from their parents, so our experienced instructors and volunteers were always around to assist them to make sure they had the best experience. 

One of our brilliant volunteers was very impressed with the work that everyone completed over the weekend saying: “The Scouts and Guides this weekend have been great, they have really surprised me with how hard they worked and how much knowledge they already had. I hope they enjoyed all the activities we had for them on Sunday, they really deserved it after everything they did to help on Saturday”.

We are almost ready for the summer season. We offer public camping, scout and guide events, school trips, team building activities and much more. To get in touch and find out what the forest has to offer you, visit