Upcoming Events

We are now coming to the end of the Habitat and Access Improvement Project.
We still need the support of our wonderful Volunteers to achieve our ambitious programme of planting on the fields during the planting season so please join us if you can. Maintenance and Conservation events are shown below.
You don’t need to book onto the ‘Maintenance and Conservation‘ events, just join us on the day. They will usually be held on the third Sunday of the month but always check this page.
If you would like to be added to our list of volunteers please contact Ian on iheadey202@virginmedia.com and you will be sent details of upcoming maintenance and conservation activities by email.
The schedule below also lists the ‘Featured‘ events that are open to all, although Members will be emailed first before events are open to the wider public.
You will need to book on Eventbrite for most of the Featured events so that we can keep them manageable and safe. They will usually occur on the first Sunday of the month and Eventbrite will contact you to confirm that you have a place.
Please always check this page for the time, date and meeting place of each event.

Here is our programme of events for 2022.

All events will run for approximately 2 hours

JULY

Sunday 3rd July at 1 pm – Butterfly Art Event for Children aged 5-12yrs –  Children will search for butterflies within the woods and fields and then create pictures to take home with a handmade butterfly – Book on Eventbrite NOW A few places have become available. – Meet at the Countisbury Drive Entrance.

 

Tuesday 12th July 2022 at 7pm –  The Annual General Meeting of The Friends of Childwall Woods and Fields is being held at Liverpool Hope University.

All members are invited to vote on a new committee and will be able to learn about the advantages of becoming a Community Interest Organisation before voting on that too. If you need to renew your membership, you can do that on the night.  Cash only, please.

Our Keynote Speaker for the evening will be Tracy Ramsey from Liverpool Hope University, who will tell us about Childwall Community Development, and there will be an opportunity for members to ask questions and enjoy the refreshments.

Free parking is available on site and there will be clear signage to the room.

If you have any questions about this event please let us know: bcfcwf@gmail.com

 

 Sunday 17th July at 1 pm – Maintenance and Conservation Event – No need to book – Meet at the main gates on Childwall Abbey Rd

AUGUST

Sunday 7th August at 1 pm – The History Walk A guided walk to discover the hidden history of Childwall Woods and Fields –  Book on Eventbrite Now – Sorry, this event is now fully booked. Meet at the main gates on Childwall Abbey Rd.

Sunday 21st August at 1 pm – Maintenance and Conservation Event – No need to book – Meet at the main gates on Childwall Abbey Rd

SEPTEMBER

Sunday 4th September at 8 pm – A Night Walk –  With special permission, we will be unlocking the gates and entering this special site after dark to catch a glimpse at the wonderful nocturnal world of  Childwall Woods and FieldsBook on Eventbrite NOW – Sorry, this event is now fully booked – Meet at the main gates on Childwall Abbey Rd

Sunday 18th September at 1 pm – Maintenance and Conservation Event – No need to book – Meet at the main gates on Childwall Abbey Rd

OCTOBER

Sunday 2nd October at 1 pm – Autumn Seeds and Silhouette Pictures. An Art and Nature event for children aged 5-12years – A ramble through the woods looking at the many seeds and silhouettes of trees in autumn, creating silhouette pictures to take home – Book on Eventbrite NOW – Sorry, this event is now fully booked – Meet at the main gates on Childwall Abbey Rd

Sunday 16th October 1 pm – Maintenance and Conservation Event – No need to book – Meet at the main gates on Childwall Abbey Rd

NOVEMBER

Sunday 6th November at 1 pm – The History Walk – Another chance to book onto this very popular event to explore the hidden history of Childwall Woods and Fields – Book on Eventbrite NOW – Sorry, this event is now fully booked – Meet at the main gates on Childwall Abbey Rd

Sunday 20th November at 1 pm – Maintenance and Conservation Event – No need to book – Meet at the main gates on Childwall Abbey Rd

 

There are other organisations using our beautiful woods. 

Nature Club for preschoolers & their grown-ups:

FREE sessions include Nature Activities, Crafts, Mindful Nature Hunts, Stories, Bug Spotting and more!

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. We’ll explore nature together, noticing the wonderful sights and sounds around us. Maybe you’ll spot a bird through the binoculars or a bug in the viewer!

Join Strengthening Wellbeing Together CIC & Journeys in Nature on Mondays from 10:30am. Booking: www.bookwhen.com/strengtheningwellbeingtogether

 

Forest Bathing

Forest bathing is a health and wellness practice that derives from the Japanese term ‘shinrin yoku’ which means ‘bathing in the forest atmosphere’ using your senses (you remain fully clothed at all times, so no need for swimming costumes!)
The aim of forest bathing is to help you to slow down and connect to nature by awakening all of your senses. This increases your capacity to be fully present and enables feelings of relaxation and calmness. Research shows that Forest Bathing can help reduce stress, lower cortisol levels, reduce blood pressure, lower your heart rate, improve concentration and stimulate creative thinking.
The next available session is
Saturday 30th of July 10.30am to 12.30pm
For event details, price, and to book, go to www.journeysinnature.com/events

 

 

Recent Events 

See what we have been doing.

19th June 2022 – Plug planting on the top field. The last 600 plugs were planted. For more information CLICK HERE

16th June 2022 – A Wildflower Walk with our Botanist Matt. – To see what happened click here 

15th May 2022 – Planting wildflower plugs on the top field – A crew of 24 Volunteers tackled the job. To see what went on Click here.

1st May 2022 – The Veteran Tree and Rhododendron Walk – A closer look at the veteran trees and rhododendrons of Childwall Woods. To find out more click here. 

24th April 2022 – Woodland flower planting – A volunteer event to reintroduce woodland flowers in the beechwood.  To see what went on click here.

3rd April 2022 – Spring Flowers Craft Event for Children– To see what the children learnt and made click here.

20th March 2022 – Tree Planting – to increase diversity and encourage wildlife. Click here to see what went on and where.

6th March 2022 – Wild Rose Planting – Along the boundary of Childwall Lane. Click here to see what happened.

5th March 2022 Orchard Planting –  A beautiful clear blue day on the fields when the orchard was planted. Click here to see our volunteers in action.

23rd January 2022 – Maintenance and Conservation Event, Path Clearance. To see what was cleared and who cleared it, click here.

21st November 2021 FCWF Maintenance and Conservation event. Planting for the spring. Click Here to see what we did. 

14th November 2021 – History Walk – The Hidden History of Childwall Woods and Fields. We met at 12 noon by the main gates and had a stroll around the site looking at the relics of a previous time. This event was so popular it will be repeated in the spring. Click here to see what we did.

17th October 2021 – Maintenance and Conservation Event – Tree Planting. Find out what went on. 

3rd October 2021 – Silhouette Art Event. a creative art event for children to use their imagination and observation to create silhouette pictures of the woods. To see what happened click here

26th September 2021–  Volunteer session led by Earthworks Liverpool See the Volunteer Page

19th September 2021–  FCWF Maintenance and Conservation event. See what we did

5th September 2021The VeteranTrees of Childwall Woods – A guided tour around the woods looking at the unique trees and fungi that make the site so special. Find out more HERE

1st August 2021 Maintenance and Conservation Event – cut back branches and brambles narrowing the paths. To see what happened click HERE

22nd July 2021 – 12 noon -3.30. – Community Event with Hope University Community Engagement Team, Childwall in Bloom, South Childwall Residents Association, Rubbish Friends (litter picking group), Childwall Abbey School,  All Saints Church, and Friends of Childwall Woods and Fields. Click HERE to see what went on

27th December 2020 – Rhododendron Bashing – Committee and Volunteers. A group of 12 tackled the invading Rhododendrons near Woolton Rd. For more information and to see what was done click HERE.

13th September 2020Maintenance Event – Committee only.  A small socially distanced group of committee members doing a few maintenance jobs.  Click HERE to see what we did.

22nd March 2020 – Mother’s Day Planting of 750 Wildflowers on the top field. Not a public event but essential planting to ensure the fields are an inviting habitat for butterflies and bees in the months ahead. Click HERE.

8th March 2020 – Litter Pick and Conservation Event – Clearing the area of litter and the entrance to the carriageway of brambles while continuing to plant the barrier along Childwall Abbey Road. For more details and photographs click HERE

23rd February 2020 – Maintenance Event – 60 Holly Bushes were planted on the boundary of Childwall Abbey Road. See the photos HERE

25th January 2020 Japanese Knotweed Bashing – The Maintenance and Conservation Team flattened all the knotweed on the fields to expose the new shoots (when they appear) ready for spraying with herbicide.  Click HERE to see what went on. This event was closed to the public due to safety implications.

12th January 2020 – Litter Pick and Maintenance Event – A good event that left the whole area looking better. Click HERE to find out more.

3rd January 2020 Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland – New Year Plant Hunt. – Some of the FCWF committee members took the challenge of hunting for wildflowers in bloom on this day in January in Childwall Woods and Fields. For more information and to see the results click HERE

15th December – Beat the Winter Blues walk – You don’t need a prescription to walk in Childwall Woods. A walk to lift your spirits and celebrate the wonderful secrets of the woods. Click HERE to see what we found.

8th DecemberLitter Pick – Around the Triangle and down Childwall Abbey Road. The results can be seen by clicking HERE.

10th November – Litter pick –  Three teams of volunteers worked their usual magic, making the litter disappear. Click HERE for the photos

27th OctoberNight-Walk through Childwall Woods and Fields. The weather was kind to the group of nightwalkers who braved the dark woods with its bioluminescent fungi and silent nightlife. To find out more click HERE.

20th October 2019Bulb Planting – Over 300 bulbs and Rhizomes of native woodland flowers were planted in the woods by our gang of volunteers. To see what went on click HERE.

13th October 2019Litter Pick – Volunteers cleared detritus from the area, some clearing the triangle and Childwall Abbey Road,  while others cleared the carriageway and the woods. For more details and pictures click HERE

26th May -26th SeptemberPhotography Competition – Now closed. To see all the entries and find out who won, go to the Photography Competition page.

22nd September 2019 The History Walk. Not even the persistent drizzle could stop us from finding the hidden history of the site. For photos and more click HERE

8th September 2019Litter Pick and Maintenance Event.  Volunteers cleaned up Childwall Triangle and the woods while others cleared a wide path throughout the carriageway. For pictures of this event click HERE

18th August – Art Event to Commemorate the landing on the moon 50 years ago. –  A lovely time was had by all learning about the moon landing and cutting and sticking. To see the great silhouette pictures that were made click HERE

11th AugustLitter pick – Childwall Triangle and the woods were cleared. To see the before and after pictures along with the crew who did it click HERE

21st JulyPath Clearance – The maintenance team and most of the committee cut back the brambles and nettles off the paths on the Childwall Fields. For more about this event and photos click HERE

14th July Litter Pick – Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall Triangle and the Woods. For pictures and report click HERE

6th July – Rudston Road Primary School Summer Fayre –  We shared information about Childwall Woods and Fields with many interested visitors to the busy school fayre and made some new ‘friends’ as well. Click HERE

30th June BeHomesIn a clearing in the woods a variety of wonderful homes for solitary bees were created. Bee mansions to little bee mobile homes were constructed for the solitary bees of Childwall.  To see the creations click HERE

For information about Solitary Bees click HERE

9th June – Litter pick – An hours litter pick through the woods cleared 17 bags of litter from the site.  Car seats, rusted metal cones and dozens of bottles were removed  A good hours work by any measure. For Photos and more details 

9th JuneOpen Garden Event organized by Childwall in Bloom-  A most enjoyable afternoon. For more details

4/6/19AGM – In spite of downpours all day a very successful AGM was had at Hope University. A new committee was voted in and our guest speaker, Mr Paul Rooney gave a very interesting talk about the site.

12/5/19Spring Clean 2019 – Childwall Abbey Road and the Childwall Triangle, then on into the woods. Details and photos here.

14/4/19 – Spring Clean 2019- Childwall Lane and Countisbury Drive were both picked clean by volunteers who then continued into the woods and fields. – (For details and photos)

31/3/19 – Mothers Day, Wild Flower Planting. see photos

 

10/3/19 – Litter pick – see photos

10/2/19 – Litter pick – see photos

3/2/19 – Japanese Knotweed Clearance – see photos

13/1/19 – Litter pick – see photos

 

 

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