the wild space story
Hi, I'm Trudy and I'm the founder of Wild Space Woodland Adventure Club. I have worked as a Further Education teacher in Tameside for the past 20 years. Teaching Business and Economics has been a wonderful experience, but I have always had a dream to work outside, introducing children and young people to the wonders of nature and outdoor play.
So, in 2020, I took a sabbatical, completed my Forest School L3 and Paediatric First Aid training and started to take my friend's children out into our local woodland every Saturday. I have to say, I've never looked back - I love it and (without exception) the kids love it too!
Taking on some fantastic, like-minded staff has also been a real joy in terms of sharing this wonderful experience. It is our strong belief that children carry the many benefits of outdoor play and exploration with them throughout their whole lives and we're very excited for your children to join our Wild Space community.
"I love the kids being outside. Trudy is great, she always makes sure that each child's interests are included and shared. Definite high point of the week for our kids.” Martin, Dad of Sam 12
Ward Lane Woodland, Diggle. This wonderful space, based in the pretty Saddleworth village of Diggle, has everything we need for a woodland adventure, with a beautiful wildflower meadow, plenty of trees for dens and rope swings and a grass area for games. We may also venture out for a nature walk along the river or canal. It's the perfect spot for some woodland fun!
Meeting Point: Children's playground opposite the duck pond on Ward Lane, Diggle OL3 5JT. Parking is limited. Please be mindful of local residents when parking. There is additional parking on Huddersfield Road, Diggle.
Gorse Hall, Stalybridge, Tameside (Summer months only) This beautiful green space high above Stalybridge is loved by locals and visitors alike. Once the home of the Leech family, this 35 acre site has so many opportunities for wild, outdoor play. We usually base ourselves near the New Hall, but may move round the site depending on our activities and the weather conditions at the time. Meeting point: The end of Macauley Close, Dukinfield SK16 5DT. If you are driving, there is limited parking on this cul-de-sac, but plenty on Tennyson Ave. Please be mindful of local residents when parking.