Friston Forest Ready To Welcome Nature Tots

Friday 10th February 2017

Eastbourne Buzz News - Nature Tots

Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Nikki Hills is looking forward to welcoming a new crop of Nature Tots for outdoor family fun and games at Friston Forest this spring. 

Nikki fills her two-hour sessions with all sorts of different seasonal activities; from bug hunting to den building, exploring the woodland for signs of spring, building a campfire or den, to creating works of art from natural materials - it’s amazing how much muddy mayhem she and the Tots can achieve in two hours!  

Nikki said, “While I’m always impressed by the can-do attitude of a new starter handling a bowsaw for the first time, some children take a little longer to gain confidence to join in and learn the woodcraft skills, but that’s what the sessions are all about – building their self-esteem, physical co-ordination and social skills through child-led achievable challenges. 

“We encourage the children to try as much of the activity as they can for themselves, and the accompanying adult’s role is to keep a watchful eye, but sit on their hands and let them have a go.  It is such a pleasure to watch the Tots learn by doing hands-on tasks and grow as the weeks go by – and parents are often amazed at how resourceful and capable their children can become.”

Why not give it a go? Sessions run from 10-12 at Seven Sisters Country Park near Eastbourne on Wednesday mornings during school term time - now booking for spring.  Children aged 3-5 must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential. You can book the sessions online. For further information call Nikki on 01323 870100, email  


Photo copyright Sue Curnock, Sussex Wildlife Trust

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