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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Bishops Wood Centre offer?

The Bishops Wood Centre is in a delightful location in rural Worcestershire, close to the motorway links and main roads.  The 70 acre site is home to a range a exciting eco buildings, meadows, ponds, Saxon settlement, Straw Bale Building, 'Hobbit' style dome and Danish Garden.

A unique and refreshingly different venue for a wide variety of events!  Bishops Wood is able to offer a choice of rooms and buildings suitable for conferences, meetings, training, team days or social activities.

Bishops Wood also provides:

  •  A range of school programmes
  • Alternative curriculum provision – NOCN Step Up Award
  • Forest School Leader training
  • A range of short courses aimed to inspire environmental and outdoor educators
  • A range of CPD programmes focussing on global learning and sustainable development 
  • Team building / Away Days

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Who owns the Bishops Wood Centre?

The Bishops Wood Centre is a partnership between Worcestershire County Council and National Grid.  National Grid own the site but the staff are employed by Worcestershire County Council.

Are your courses accredited?

Our Forest School Leader training and Working with Challenging Behaviour courses are. The First Aid in the Outdoors with Paediatric's is HSE recognised. Our Alternative Curriculum provision is the NOCN Step Up Award and has GCSE points attached.

Do we encourage our visitors to be environmentally friendly?

This is what Bishops Wood is all about!  Bishops Wood is recognised nationally and internationally for its work in environmental and sustainability education.

The main building was completed in 1994 and was hailed as one of the foremost 'green' buildings in Europe.  Constructed of materials from sustainable sources and those which minimise environmental impact both in production and use. We have recently built an extension using the same principles.  We have a sedum roof and a ground source heat pump. This area has given us an additional room for meetings, training or classes, additional storage and a separate kitchen area. 

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External websites

  • Anubis
    A Website that specialises in first aid training and team building.
  • Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
    The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is the national voice for learning outside the classroom
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
    Leading youth Charity the DofE gives all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.
  • Earth Education UK  
    Information on the Earth Education process - helping people to live more harmoniously with the natural world
  • Flora locale 2013 Training Programme
    The Flora locale Training programme is created for people involved in the design management and restoration of landscapes for biodiversity, whether on a farm, smallholding, village green or garden. Improve your wildflower id skills or learn how to introduce woodland wildflowers into new woods...
  • Folksy Theatre
    Folksy Theatre tour rural areas performing a range of Theatre styles from issue-based plays and Theatre-In-Education, to open-air Shakespeare productions. On this site you can find information on the company and it’s various productions, along with pictures, reviews, comments and tour dates.
  • Forest School Association
    The Forest School Association is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and quality Forest School for all
  • Friends of Bishops Wood 
    Friends of Bishops Wood is a charity set up to support the work of the Bishops Wood Centre. We run regular events that are open to the public
  • Herefordshire Forest Schools
    Information and advice from Herefordshire Forest Schools
  • Institue of Outdoor Learning
    Encouraging outdoor learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity to experience outdoor activity provision
  • Learning through Landscapes
    A site dedicated to stimulating outdoor learning experiences.
  • National Grid
    Bishops Wood Environmental Education Centre
  • Planetary Voices Radio
    Tour around the Bishops Wood Environmental Education Centre
  • Tide - global learning
    A teachers' network promoting the idea that young people have an entitlement to global learning through engaging with global perspectives, human rights, sustainability and international development
  • WCC Biodiversity for Schools
    Worcestershire County Councils School and Biodiversity Section.

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This page was last reviewed 30 May 2013 at 8:33.
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