2018 Wassail!

2018 Wassail!
WASSAIL! SUNDAY 21ST JANUARY 3:30 - 5:30 THE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND IS SET TO BE WET ALL DAY SUNDAY. SO WOODLAND PLAY IS CANCELLED. THE WASSAIL WILL GO AHEAD AT 3:30 AS PLANNED. This year we are combining a Woodland Play (Sunday) with our annual Wassail. The children's activities start at 1:30 and we meet ...

Wild Bird Food recipe

Wild Bird Food recipe
At last, I've found a recipe for birdfood cake that doesn't fall apart. High respect for birder, Mark Golley, who wrote the book I'm using, Cooking For Birds copyright 2006. I've just discovered, the book is aimed at 6-8 year olds, so it's also perfect for young nature lovers and conservationists. My recipe is based ...

Herb Workshops – are you interested?

Herb Workshops - are you interested?
Calling all families who visit Holders Wood and Highbury Orchard! Highbury Orchard Community is thinking of applying for Grow Wild grant of £2-4K, to run a project from March to October 2018. Activities and workshops must help people grow or learn about native wild plants, wildflowers or fungi. We at HOCCIC are particularly interested in ...

Winter Solstice at Highbury, 17 December 2017

Winter Solstice at Highbury, 17 December 2017
The Winter Solstice takes place astronomically on 21st December, but we will be celebrating it on Sunday 17th December 3:30 - 6:30. It will partly coincide with Woodland Play (Sunday) for families of 0-8s, which runs at its usual time of 1:30 earlier in the day, and will include some of the activities mentioned here. ...

Woodland Play 2017

Woodland Play 2017
Welcome to Woodland Play 2017! Here  you will find what is happening for young children and families at Highbury Orchard Community. There are two groups: Under 5 (Wednesdays at 1:30) and 5-8 (After School Club, Wednesdays at 3:45). The age ranges are only a guideline to following the interests of the children, so others outside ...

WINTER SOLSTICE 21st December, 3 – 5PM

WINTER SOLSTICE 21st December, 3 - 5PM
WINTER SOLSTICE 21st December, 3 - 5PM It's the shortest, darkest and probably the coldest day of the year, so why the celebration? Imagine wrapping up warm, standing around a campfire with a hot drink and staring into the bright flames. It's a perfect time to reflect on the year that is passing and let ...

Outdoor Learning Handbook

Outdoor Learning Handbook
Our handbook is free to download as a PDF via this link: Highbury Outdoor Learning handbook If you want your children to be fit and healthy, enjoy and engage in fun and free activities (and learn a little about themselves and our planet along the way), you will find something interesting here! The handbook identifies ...

Children’s Community Garden 2015

Children's Community Garden 2015
This post contains a diary of events and reflections on the different features that make up our children's community garden. We hope it gives a taste of  the different events, the successes and set-backs, and generally helps others who would like to do something similar in their community space. 10th August, the Keyhole Garden The ...

Woodland Play Club & Holiday Events

Woodland Play Club & Holiday Events
WOODLAND PLAY UNDER 5s welcomes home-schooling families and those with 0 - 5s, with provision for the babies too. Meet with Liz and Ali  at the Play Area every Wednesday in term-time 1:30 - 3:30. Feel free to leave earlier to pick up older children from school. WOODLAND PLAY  AFTER SCHOOL CLUB welcomes 5-8 year ...

Woodland Play

Woodland Play
5th November: after a break for half-term our Woodland Play after school club and the earlier group, Down to Earth returned to the serious business of playing outdoors last Wednesday. We made good use of the leaves in the early afternoon, and found some excellent hiding places after school. As we said a cheery goodbye ...