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Den-making in the woods

Press Release   •   Jun 05, 2013 11:26 BST

Families enjoyed free den-making sessions in the woods at Chesham Local Nature Reserve on Saturday (1 June).

The sessions were organised by Jacqui Goggs, Bury Accessible Natural Greenspace Officer, to introduce children and parents to the outdoors and the fun of making a den out of natural materials.

Jacqui said: “The dens really got their imaginations going, with whole families creating a mini-home and developing exciting stories about the woods, from where a Gruffalo lives to somewhere to hide from dragons. Many parents said the den-making reminded them of their own childhood playing in the woods and making something out sticks, branches and leafs. Everyone enjoyed the day, and went home with new-found house building talents!”

With the school summer holidays on the way, further den-making sessions are being planned – stay tuned for details!

The Bury Accessible Natural Greenspace Project is funded by Bury Council and Access to Nature, a scheme run by Natural England and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.  For more information about Chesham Local Nature Reserve please contact Jacqui Goggs on 0161 253 7764 or email


Press release issued: 5 June 2013.

Picture attached: Edan Hardman in the den he made with his mum and dad.