Go on a journey of discovery with nature-based and hands-on activities at the Woodland Area at the Royal Norfolk Show 2023.

In association with the Food and Farming Discovery Trust, the Woodland Area offers wonderful opportunities to learn more about nature and the environment.

This year, there will be plenty of engaging and interactive activities for visitors to enjoy, including mini-beast activities with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, learning traditional Norfolk basket weaving with The Nest Project and even an opportunity for schools to learn more about tree planting with The Million Trees Project.

Eastern Daily Press:  Norfolk Wildlife Trust senior education officer Isabelle Mudge Norfolk Wildlife Trust senior education officer Isabelle Mudge (Image: Josie Collins)

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is a local conservation charity and the oldest wildlife trust in the country. It manages more than 60 nature reserves and other protected sites around the county and provides support and advice to landowners and local communities.

“This year, we will be celebrating our incredible invertebrates!” says Norfolk Wildlife Trust senior education officer Isabelle Mudge. “Come and see us to find out why they are so important to the health of our woodland ecosystems and take part in some fun minibeast-themed activities.”

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust stand, supported by Bateman Groundworks, will also offer visitors the chance to say hello and sign up for membership to support its amazing work. “We seek a sustainable environment for people and wildlife,” says Isabelle. “Where Norfolk’s wildlife and landscape are protected and restored, and people are inspired by local habitats and wild spaces.”

Eastern Daily Press: The Nest Project managers Bekah Boone and Claire GebbettThe Nest Project managers Bekah Boone and Claire Gebbett (Image: Nest Project)

At the Woodland Area, you can also connect with nature by engaging in craftwork like basket weaving with The Nest Project, managed by Bekah Boone and Claire Gebbett, which aims to nurture communities with art.

“We believe that people can feel better by making things, especially outside!” says Bekah. Visitors can try their hand at weaving with a free 20-minute lesson that will teach you how to make a willow fish to take home! An exhibit explaining The Nest Project will also celebrate the lost skills of basket making used in the local Norfolk fishing industry.

“In this busy and sometimes difficult world, it’s really important to have moments of calm and reflection,” says Claire. “Coming to the Woodland Area, visitors can get involved in a mindful activity and experience the physical and mental benefit of working with natural materials outside.”

For more information, visit norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk and nestproject.net or follow @NorfolkWT