Welcome to Hedge-U-cation!

Hedge-U-cation facilitates land-based educational and therapeutic activities for children, young people and adults. We hold Forest School outdoor learning sessions including bushcraft, wild food foraging and environmental education. We run workshops sharing traditional arts, crafts and skills such as woodworking, blacksmithing, coppicing and basket-making. We also offer group sessions where we prepare meals, combining edibles collected on foraging walks, food from our gardens and allotments and locally-sourced produce.

We believe that learning new skills together outdoors promotes resilience, improves social, emotional and physical well-being and strengthens community cohesion.

The Hedge-U-cation project
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Forest School

The Hedge-U-cation Forest School is based in Collaford Wood, Blackawton, Devon. We run Forest School sessions for all ages, including forest arts, bushcraft, forestry skills such as coppicing, environmental conservation and more. Reconnecting with nature in the woods gives us

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Therapeutic Horticulture

COMING SOON: Horticulture is widely recognised as a therapeutic activity. Hedge-U-cation offers social and therapeutic horticulture sessions for young people and adults in the South West. Gardening activities, from cultivating herbs and flowers to growing vegetables and tending shrubs, are

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Wild Cookery and Homegrown Nutrition

Hedge-U-cation runs wild cookery and nutrition group sessions; combining edibles collected on our foraging walks, using   locally sourced  produce for our ingredients. The aim of the wild food and homegrown nutrition group is to inspire confidence and creativity in

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Workshops and Courses

At Hedge-U-cation we run workshops sharing traditional skills and crafts, from woodwork, metalwork and basketry to wild food foraging and making preserves. We hold mindfulness, music and performance sessions. We foster a family-centred approach and welcome family groups and individuals.

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Wild Food Foraging

Hedge-U-cation holds wild food foraging walks and plant identification workshops, with Chris Hope, aka Ipso Phyto. Chris is the wild plant and foraging educator from The Wild Plant Guide. You’ll learn about our most common and useful wild plant species,

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Hedge Kids

Hedge Kids is a children’s area for events. We provide both a sheltered and outdoor play space for children of all ages. We play games, make music with our Junk Band, do story telling, singing, face painting, arts, crafts and

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Volunteer with us

Interested in volunteering? If you have an interest in outdoor learning, heaps of enthusiasm and a can-do attitude, we'd love to hear from you!

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Hedge Blog

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Hedge-U-cation family camp – fallow year 2021

*Announcement* First and foremost, we would like to say a BIG THANK YOU and massive respect to everyone who made ...
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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – an interactive workshop

Hedge-U-cation CIC is hosting an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) weekend on November 16th/17th 2019. ASIST is a two-day ...
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Hedge-U-cation Forest School receives National Lottery Funding

Local Forest School receives National Lottery Funding. Totnes based CIC (Community Interest Company) Hedge-U-cation has received a £9987.17 award from ...
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Therapeutic Forest Approved Practioner

Therapeutic Forest CIC Approved Practitioner training completed

We are pleased to announce that Angie has attended and completed her Certificate in Therapeutic Skills for Outdoor Leaders with ...
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Forest School and Autism

Many thanks to Michael James for running a Forest School and Autism CPD day for us. The day was a ...
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Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto. Simple and satisfying to the last! This great tasting Wild Garlic Pesto captures the full-on pungency of ...
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Wild garlic capers and the bear facts of lacto-fermentation

Wild garlic capers Pick emerging wild garlic flower buds now to preserve in salt brine for the months ahead. Wild ...
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Eating Japanese knotweed. How to turn malicious, delicious!

Japanese knotweed problem? Try this fantastic Japanese knotweed and beetroot relish. Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica syn Polygonum cuspidatum) is an ...
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