The Rupert's Wood Project has been in existence in one form or another since the mid-1980's with SCAN volunteers undertaking conservation activities and reclaiming a beautiful stone-lined pond. The Rupert's Wood Environmental Education Project was founded in 2000 by volunteers from SCAN (Student Community Action Newcastle) which is based at Newcastle University.
Over the last decade, Lord Redesdale (patron of SCAN) has opened up Rupert’s Wood and the surrounding estate for SCAN volunteers to undertake conservation, access and educational projects.
To inspire an interest in the natural world
and help develop young people’s compassion
for the environment.
In achieving this mission, the Rupert’s Wood project strives to provide a safe and accessible place where children and young people can explore and discover the natural environment through play, guided investigation and contemplation.
Rupert's Wood Funding
Rupert's Wood is delighted to announce its recent funding contribution from Natural England. Access to Nature is a national grant scheme which encourages people from all backgrounds to understand, access and enjoy our natural environment. This has specifically funded Rupert's Wood with a Project Worker to develop enviromental projects, recruit and support volunteers and to continue to grow educational opportunities within the wood and surrounding Redesdale community.
We look forward to welcoming new visitors to the woodland who will be supported in learning about conservation, working on sustainable projects as well as simply enjoying the beautiful environment that the site offers. As summer approaches we also will be hosting more overnight camps for youth groups. This builds on a strong tradition of providing an accessible, safe and educational environment for children and young people living in disadvantaged communities.