Just outside Dudley, so not a million miles away from Bearwood, you'll find Bumblehole.
Going there you would never guess that this quiet splendidly green nature reserve in the Black Country once played a significant role in the Industrial Revolution.
Steven Hodgkinson from The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country contacted us to tell us about the events that are taking place at Bumblehole this summer.
If you have never climbed a tree, lit a camp fire or played games in the woods then we have the activities for you. With the support and funding from Awardsforall this August The Friends of Bumblehole Conservation group and The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country are hosting free forest play activities. Activities include den building, making shelters, cooking on a campfire, making woodland items – all guided by a professionally qualified Forest School leaders."
Steven also rightly said that "Getting back to nature is what it is all about this summer, we want to get kids back into the woods and greenspaces and let them try out the things that we used to do in the woods. We can show them ropes, fires and dens what more can you ask for!"
Sue Goodyear from the Friends of Bumblehole Conservation group added "Forest play is brilliant for those long summer holidays. We want kids to enjoy and respect the nature reserve and hopefully keep on visiting into the future."
The sessions run from 10am-1pm and 1-3pm Tuesday - Friday and are suitable for ages 8 -14! You must preregister and places are limited. Sensible footwear is needed as well as a parent or guardian to accompany the children. Parents can play too or sit around the campfire and drink tea or coffee.
To find out more have a look at bcll.org.uk or if you want to join us on one of these sessions then you need to book your place, for free, by contacting Paula on 0121 4541199