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Loftus Community Woodland

We teamed up with several local partners to deliver an exciting environmental renewal project in Loftus, transforming 4.6-acre disused allotment site into an accessible woodland park that connects local people to nature.  

The creation of the woodland park also provided work and training opportunities in groundwork and labouring for young people, and gave them a taste of what it’s like to work on an environmental project this big and providing that vital experience for their CV. 

A hub for community activities

Health and guided walks

When: Every Friday at 1pm

Where: Loftus Town Hall

Explore Loftus by joining Loftus ACCORD walking group on their 90 minute walks around the area. Walkers should wear sturdy boots or shoes and have clothing suitable for all weather conditions. For further information please visit
walkingloftusandthenorthyorkshirecoast.com.

Alice in Wonderland performances

East Cleveland Arts and the Youth Theatre delivered fantastic performances of Alice in Wonderland.

Performances took place in and around Cowscote Woodland during the June 2021 half term holidays. Guests joined Alice on her adventure around the woodland. Alongside the outdoor performances, there was a fair of local businesses and special guests to keep visitors entertained. 

Folktales in Cowscote Wood

In partnership with Whippet Up, we hosted an illuminated trail around Cowscote Wood in October 2021.

We had costumed characters telling stories and poems around the wood, as well as mini events around Loftus heritage with characters like the Saxon Princess.

Bat walk

Held in September 2021, the East Cleveland bat group held a community walk where people of all ages encountered, enjoyed, learnt and appreciated bats in their neighbourhood.

Woodland pumpkin walk

Together with our woodland partners, we held a Halloween event at Loftus Leisure Centre car park in October 2020.

There was the opportunity to visit MFC Foundation’s bus or have a go on the climbing wall, and take part in more spooky activities from stallholders.

Volunteering

Since January 2021, our volunteers have given over 4,500 hours of their time to support various projects in Loftus. From October, Trainee Supervisor Mike from Groundwork NE & Cumbria will be leading weekly volunteer sessions, alternating between Wednesdays and Thursdays, with a monthly weekend session available.

If you would like more information about volunteering, or to get involved, please contact:

Marshall Best, Chair of Loftus ACCORD Walking Group on 07484 324446 or email marshallbest@icloud.com

Natalie Whitworth, Community Project Manager at Groundwork NE & Cumbria on 07577 344731 or email Natalie.whitworth@groundwork.org.uk

4,500

Volunteer hours to support various projects in Loftus