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We are looking for artists and creative people who can volunteer their time to be involved in an exciting Fellow-led event ‘Seeing the woods for the trees’. The event will be a celebration for all ages and will take place at Tortworth Arboretum in south Gloucestershire on Saturday 17 September.

The aim of this outside event is to provide lots of practical opportunities to develop your experience and awareness of how nature interconnects and evolves, as you make being outdoors near where you live, part of your everyday life.

You’ll be able to develop your Nature Mindset, with our volunteer nature guides who provide experiences that give participants the awareness skills they need to see the natural environment in a new way. The answers are all around you and on your own doorstep. Seeing the woods for the trees will show you how. Join in and take a new look at how & why being in nature can help you to access your personal and collective well-being.

You’ll be able to join small groups on a variety of uplifting and unique guided action walk and talk activities. We hope you’ll be inspired by a wide range of experiences that make, being in the woods a real treasure trove for human development and community enlightenment.

In developing your Nature Mindset you will learn, first hand, from some local leading lights; from natural historians, ecologists, educationalists, volunteer community groups, tree climbers and more.

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Nature Guides – already involved - 

Professional wildlife Conservationist, TV & radio presenter & broadcaster, lecturer & newspaper writer Chris Sperring MBE, will provide you with a rare treat that will be indelibly printed on your soul! His sharpened human instincts enriches his guided tour of the woods that will open hearts and minds to your essential relationship with Nature.

Natural historian and Chair of the Bath Natural History Society, Dr Alan Rayner FRSA brings his passion and sheer joy in pointing to the patterns of life to be found everywhere in nature. His highly infectious enthusiasm will take you on a whole new personal journey into being human through natural inclusion.

Tortworth Forest Centre Director, Bec Cork FRSA and her inspiring team of volunteers, know this arboretum like the back of their hands, as powerful advocates of nature these volunteers embody life changing stories about regularly caring for the arboretum exposing how this special place enhances health, well being and renews lives.

Phil the Tree Climber (TBC), will be on hand to help you to the top of the big oak trees. Both children and adults can tree climb using ropes and harnesses to experience trees from their perspective.

And Many More…..

There will be an open camp fire for making tea/ & coffee throughout the day and sharing in cooking a vegetable BBQ,

Time table:

All walks & talks and activities are bookable online, although they will fill up fast, many are repeated to avoid disappointment so get booking!

Location info:

GL12 8HH.

Head to Tortworth Court Hotel, Tortworth Road off the B4509 just off the M5 junction 14

Get Involved:

Please get in touch if you want to be part of the growing change in our relationship with nature.


For more information please contact RSA project lead Alan Bec FRSA Fellowship Councillor for the West region 07949058945

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Alan Bec is Fellowship Councillor for the West region. You can get in touch with him either using the email address above or through his MyRSA profile.


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