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Help Us Acquire the Perfect Site for Forest School in Northumberland!
£5,020 raised
100% of £5k goal
123 contributors
58 Days running

What We Do

Stomping Grounds is a social enterprise. Over the last four years we’ve been connecting local communities with woodlands and outdoor adventure. We allow young people to take managed risks and give them control of their own learning. At our sessions over 1,500 children have developed new skills and had fun through activities such as campfire cooking, den building, survival skills, green woodworking and natural art.

We build self-esteem, empathy and a love for the Great Outdoors in children, creating future adults that will nurture both themselves and their natural surroundings. This is increasingly important as our children now spend more time on screens than they do playing outdoors.

 

 

Our Vision

 

In order to achieve this, we need access to woodlands. We’ve established several regular sessions around the region over the years, but we have always dreamed of a site that we can develop into the perfect Forest School venue, a long-term base that we’ll have unlimited access to so we can reach more children.

 

So when me and my family were given the opportunity to buy Dukes Hagg Wood, we realised this dream could come true. It’s an incredible place - 33 acres of mixed woodland just outside Prudhoe in the Tyne Valley. It’s steeped in local history with an old wagon way running through it, and possibly the site of the very first level crossing. A gorgeous babbling brook flows through the middle too, which will be perfect for kids to explore and play in.

Having our own site will allow us to offer Forest School to a wider range of children. We're committed to finding funding for our sessions so we can offer subsidised spaces, so that all children can benefit, regardless of their background.

 

 

 

Protecting the Woodland

 Using this site for Forest School means it will be protected from development for years to come. We’ll put in a woodland management plan to clear invasive species and re-plant native ones, encouraging the biodiversity here to prosper. We’ll also engage with local schools, community groups and residents to ensure they benefit from this magical place too.

 

 

We Need Your Help

We’re so close to completing this purchase and being able to do something amazing for the children that will come and learn here, the woods themselves and the local community, but now we need your help.

 

We’ve hit an unexpected cost that could stop the sale going ahead. So we’re reaching out to the Stomping Grounds family, people that want to see these woods preserved for the future and anyone that wants to see future generations of children grow up with confidence in themselves and a love for the environment. We just need to raise the final £5,000 to complete this purchase and make this magic happen, so we’re asking you to pledge to support us, to have your own connection with the site and to keep these woods in the community.

 

 

If we're able to get past this target, your generous contributions will be used to help develop the site and make our sessions more accessible. Any funds raised over the £5,000 will be split between:

  • 50% on Site Development - including compost toilets, temporary shelters and creating a place to gather
  • 30% on Subsidised family Forest School sessions to increase our engagement
  • 20% on the site Opening Day to celebrate this wonderful achievement and promote what we can offer to the community

 

We’ve got loads of great rewards to thank you for your contributions, so have a look through them and support us with whatever you can. In order for this to be successful we need to spread the message far and wide, so please tell all your friends and share online - this will really help us reach the target.

 

 

Thank you!

 

Sophie

** We recommend paying via PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account to do this, you can just enter your credit/debit card details directly **

 

 

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Perks

£5
High Five
Get a high five from one of the Stomping Grounds team at our Opening Day. An expression of our gratitude and a warm fuzzy feeling for everyone.
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£10
Sponsor a Tree (Basic) - Birch
One year sponsorship of one of the elegant Birch trees that populate Dukes Hagg Wood. Basic sponsorship includes:
- Randomly allocated tree from our pick of the best of each species
- Information about your tree including a craft or recipe idea

T&C’s apply - see link below
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£15
Sponsor a Tree (VIP) - Birch
One year sponsorship of one of the elegant Birch trees that populate Dukes Hagg Wood. VIP Sponsorship includes:
- Choose your favourite tree
- Name tag for your tree with a short message
- Information about your tree including a craft or recipe idea
- VIP access to our open day. Come in early for an opportunity to have a naming ceremony with your tree
- First refusal on sponsoring the same tree next year

T&C’s apply - see link below
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£20
Sponsor a Tree (Basic) - Willow
One year sponsorship of one of the wonderful Willow trees in Dukes Hagg Wood. Basic sponsorship includes:
- Randomly allocated tree from our pick of the best of each species
- Information about your tree including a craft or recipe idea
- First refusal on sponsoring the same tree next year


T&C’s apply - see link below
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£25
Sponsor a Tree (VIP) - Willow
One year sponsorship of one of the wonderful Willow in Dukes Hagg Wood. VIP Sponsorship includes:
- Choose your favourite tree
- Name tag for your tree with a short message
- Information about your tree including a craft or recipe idea
- VIP access to our open day. Come in early for an opportunity to have a naming ceremony with your tree
- First refusal on sponsoring the same tree next year


T&C’s apply - see link below
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£30
Sponsor a Tree (Basic) - Ash
One year sponsorship of one of the magnificent Ash trees in Dukes Hagg Wood. Basic sponsorship includes:
- Randomly allocated tree from our pick of the best of each species
- Information about your tree including a craft or recipe idea
- First refusal on sponsoring the same tree next year


T&C’s apply - see link below
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£35
Sponsor a Tree (VIP) - Ash
One year sponsorship of one of the magnificent Ash trees in Dukes Hagg Wood. VIP Sponsorship includes:
- Choose your favourite tree
- Name tag for your tree with a short message
- Information about your tree including a craft or recipe idea
- VIP access to our open day. Come in early for an opportunity to have a naming ceremony with your tree
- First refusal on sponsoring the same tree next year


T&C’s apply - see link below
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£40
Sponsor a Tree (Basic) - Rowan
One year sponsorship of one of the fabulous Rowan trees in Dukes Hagg Wood. Basic sponsorship includes:
- Randomly allocated tree from our pick of the best of each species
- Information about your tree including a craft or recipe idea
- First refusal on sponsoring the same tree next year


T&C’s apply - see link below
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£45
Sponsor a Tree (VIP) - Rowan
One year sponsorship of one of the fabulous Rowan trees in Dukes Hagg Wood. VIP Sponsorship includes:
- Choose your favourite tree
- Name tag for your tree with a short message
- Information about your tree including a craft or recipe idea
- VIP access to our open day. Come in early for an opportunity to have a naming ceremony with your tree
- First refusal on sponsoring the same tree next year


T&C’s apply - see link below
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£50
Sponsor a Tree (Basic) - Oak
One year sponsorship of one of the mighty Oak trees in Dukes Hagg Wood. Basic sponsorship includes:
- Randomly allocated tree from our pick of the best of each species
- Information about your tree including a craft or recipe idea
- First refusal on sponsoring the same tree next year


T&C’s apply - see link below
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£55
Sponsor a Tree (VIP) - Oak
One year sponsorship of one of the mighty Oak trees in Dukes Hagg Wood. VIP Sponsorship includes:
- Choose your favourite tree
- Name tag for your tree with a short message
- Information about your tree including a craft or recipe idea
- VIP access to our open day. Come in early for an opportunity to have a naming ceremony with your tree
- First refusal on sponsoring the same tree next year


T&C’s apply - see link below
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£500
Hire the Woods
Hire this amazing woodland for your event, party, camping trip or adventure. Yours to do what you want with it for a day (T&C’s apply, see link below)

Only 2 available
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£1,000
Team Away Day
Book the Stomping Grounds team and Dukes Hagg Wood for your Team Away Day for up to 10 people. Adventure challenges, den building and campfire cooking Forest School style! Bring your team into the woods and take them home with smiles on their faces. If you require a specific date, please confirm this with us before claiming the reward.

2 available
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£5,000
Make Our Day
Save us all the hassle and stop that dosh burning a hole in your pocket! Get us to our target (or past it!) with one click of a button and we’ll give you one of all the above rewards, not to mention eternal gratitude. Go on…
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£100
Discount on Stomping Grounds Sessions
10% off Stomping Grounds Forest School sessions for a year

Only 5 available so snap them up!
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