The Friends of Stansfeld was formed in June 2015 to represent the community in the sale of the Stansfeld Outdoor Education Centre. The aim of the Friends is that the woodland area is protected in perpetuity (and opened to the public if possible) and that the site provides educational facilities, especially a Forest School.

News and announcements

Friends of Stansfeld Public Meeting

You are invited to our next public meeting to be held at 7.30pm on 6 July 2016. Everyone is welcome – members and non members – and there will be an opportunity to join the Friends. The meeting will include a short AGM, followed by updates on progress after the Oxford Trust open day.

Why is Stansfeld important?

“Stansfeld Woodland needs to be thought of as contributing to an ecosystem, not just a place with trees and ponds and meadows. It is part of a key wildlife corridor running through densely populated East Oxford from Shotover, via the Glebe Lands, Lye Valley, the Golf Course and the brook that runs to the Thames. When a wildlife corridor is interrupted fragmentation occurs, wildlife becomes isolated, reducing the genetic breeding pool for vulnerable species and contributing to an overall decline in local biodiversity.” Ivan Wright, Chair, Shotover Wildlife

“Forest Schools are a unique way of building independence and self-esteem in young children. Children attend Forest School sessions throughout the year and although this is not a specific environmental education programme, they will experience all weathers and seasons and develop a deeper understanding about the natural world along the way. The added family benefit is the ‘ripple effect’ where children talk about their experiences at home which then encourages families to visit local woods and become more aware of their immediate environment.”
Lesley Carrington, Head Teacher, Headington Quarry Foundation Stage School and Nursery
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