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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Tinderwood Trust Annual Conkers Tournamant

If you go down to the woods today, I would highly recommend a trip to The Tinderwood Trust Forest School!  I had heard so much about the fab work they've been doing in Calderdale for the past few years, it was a joy to actually see it all going on!  They encourage children and young people to develop confidence & self esteem through hands on learning in a woodland environment.

Last Saturday was the annual Conkers Tournament.  It took me back to me and my sister preparing those shiny little beauties to get them match ready for the playground.  I met Emily (Forest School Leader) down there. She had harvested a bumper crop of conkers for the day!

Some children (and adults) had brought their own conkers, prepared in various ways.  Some conkers had painted faces, clustesr were being safely guarded in tins, some had a whole host of conkers strung together!

Emily set out the tournament league table and the matches began.  There were many tightly fought battles.

Emily showed off her conker fighting skills!

There were plenty of other activities going on too.  Mud rivers, rope swings, fairy den building to name but a few.

And the homemade bread was cooking in the fire circle for a post match snack.

It was lovely to see the wood smoke curling up into the sky, and everyone sat around the fire circle having a chat.  There were ripples of laughter and cheers of delight as another conker battle was won!  It was one of those afternoons where I left with a big smile on my face.  And I can't wait to go and visit soon.


  1. Such a gorgeous blog post and beautiful pics. Is there an age limit for joining forest school?!

  2. This looks like so much fun! Gorgeous pictures.

    1. Thanks Katie - it's a really magical place. Emily has had a few enquiries about forest school for adults!