Going Wild in Whaley

Going Wild in Whaley

Sunart Fields in Whaley Bridge is no ordinary farm, this former dairy farm is now focusing on rewilding and getting people closer to nature.

Owners Geoff and Rachel Evatt, with the aid of a grant from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund via Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, have been able to set up a forest school facility.

The setting within the rewilding landscape is beautiful and, some have even commented, quite magical. There is a log circle for seating under a tree hung canopy in a specific area of trees fenced off from livestock.

Different groups have been making use of the facilities with specialists qualified in running specific activities. Over this summer there have been Rainbows, Brownies and Guides at Sunart Fields each week, who desperately needed a place to meet outdoors (as Covid restrictions prevented use of their usual indoor meeting space), a forest school company called Being Outdoors who work with local primary schools, a children's holiday club visit, and yoga, mindfulness and art sessions for children run by The Sea Within.

Sunart Fields have also begun hosting a series of talks called Sunart Speaks all set around a campfire with the opportunity to hear from and discuss with an expert in their field, set within the rewilding landscape. 

Under the grant there will also be three wildlife viewing hides put in place, which will allow close up encounters with resident wildlife, such as badgers, foxes and birdlife.


For more details on upcoming events here see our website: https://www.sunartfields.com/events 

Forest School

(c) Rachel Evatt

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