25th June 2015 Training Day – Keeping It Wild

by CMA Admin  


The Old Ebworth Centre, near Stroud, Gloucestershire


This training day is perfect for anyone who organises family events and is keen to get some fresh ideas – yes, we all love den building, bug hunting and pond dipping, but there is so much more we could be offering!




The theme for the morning session is ‘Activity in your Pocket’ revolving around things that people can use in many different ways and are easy to carry, e.g. ten things to do with a bit of string. In the afternoon, we will try our hands on the ancient Japanese art of Hapa Zome - smashing flowers to make prints(!) - and we will explore the many benefits of mud play.  




The whole day will be very hands-on, fun, and most probably muddy!




Niki Willows is an expert in outdoor play with a background in Forest Schools, children with complex needs, play development, and working with communities on their play spaces. Amongst many other things, she leads Forest School training and is guest lecturer at colleges in the South West.




 CMA Members                       £30




Non-members             £65 (includes free membership)




 To book please  contact CMA Administration:




Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR




Tel: 01245 424116




e-mail: cma@writtle.ac.uk







July 1st 2015, Wyeswood Common – Gwent Wildlife Trust’s largest grassland restoration project – 7 years on

by CMA Admin  




10am – 4pm, light refreshments available, please bring your own lunch.

 Meeting at Pentwyn Farm Nature Reserve, Penallt, Monmouth, NP25 4SE

 CMA Members      £0   Non-members    £40 (includes free membership)

 To book please contact CMA Administration:  Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR

 Tel: 01245 424116

 e-mail: cma@writtle.ac.uk




Learn about the Dartmoor Mires project

by CMA Admin  


12th February, 2015


Meeting place: Postbridge Visitor Centre, Dartmoor National Park.


Meet at 9.30am in the visitor centre car park


Dartmoor Mires Project- The Dartmoor Mires Project has been established to investigate the feasibility and effects of restoration of Dartmoor's blanket bog in order to conserve and enhance this crucial habitat;


  • for upland wildlife

  • to improve water supply and

  • to increase the potential of blanket bog to store carbon and mitigate the impacts of climate change


 Meet with Project Officer Francis Cooper and Dartmoor Ranger Ella Briens to find out more about the Mires project and visit a restoration site near to Postbridge, in the middle of Dartmoor, to see the project in action…


The day will involve walking out to site (approx. 1 ½ hours walk each way) so please bring suitable walking gear for wet winter weather- including suitable waterproof footwear.  There will be stream crossings.  Please also bring a packed lunch and a warm drink!  We look forward to seeing you on the moor…


 CMA Members      Free   Non member £35, including free CMA membership


To book please  contact CMA Administration:


Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR


Tel: 01245 424116


e-mail: cma@writtle.ac.uk


Santa in the Woods - running a large festive event: Wednesday 10th December

by Naturenet  

The East of England are holding a study day 'Santa in the Woods - running a large festive event' at Langdon Hills Country Park on Wednesday 10th December.

Thurrock Council Ranger Service runs a number of events throughout the year at Langdon Hills Country Park, but Santa in the Woods is without a doubt the most popular – Limited to 1,000 children over two weekends. The event is a chance to engage with the local community and raise money for the park budget and Friends of Langdon Hills group.

Over nearly two decades, the event has grown to include themed pantomime walks and craft activities, in addition to the traditional aspect – meeting Santa in the woods. Those attending the study day will have the chance to see how this successful event is run, learn about how the event has evolved over time, see the challenges of fitting such a busy event into the other work of the Country Park, and get tips gleaned from long years of experience. Expect humorous stories of things gone wrong too!

For more information, please contact Nick Stanley - Tel: 01268 542 066, 07711 260 825, Email: langdon.hills@btconnect.com.

To book please contact CMA Administration: Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR Tel: 01245 424116 e-mail: cma@writtle.ac.uk

CMA Seminar 'Small Change & Big Challenges' 24th NOVEMBER 2014

by CMA Admin  

Successful countryside management in the new financial era

Worcester Woods Country Park, Worcester. 9.30am – 4pm

Followed by CMA National AGM at 4pm

A seminar to explore how countryside managers are adapting to the modern funding environment. A ‘warts and all’ look at some real examples including outsourcing of site management, third sector partnerships, income generation opportunities and taking on new work areas including Roadside Nature Reserves.

The day will include practitioner presentations and discussion sessions to help participants explore how good practice can be adapted to their own work areas.

We have speakers from Worcestershire County Council Countryside Service, Worcester City Wildlife Rangers and the South West Coast Path Association.   

There will be opportunities for discussion and to explore ideas along with a lunchtime opportunity to get out on site within the fabulous Worcester Woods Country Park.

For CMA members our Annual General Meeting will follow at approximately 4pm and all are welcome to join us for an evening meal in a local pub/restaurant from 6pm.

CMA Members                                   £Free (with lunch available at £5.25 p/p)

Non-members                                     £45 (with lunch available at £5.25p/p)

To book please  contact CMA Administration:  Writtle College, Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR

Tel: 01245 424116     e-mail: cma@writtle.ac.uk

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