Nature Tots

Nature Tots

Young child playing with soil

Nature Tots weekly sessions are open to all children aged 5 and under and run throughout term times, every Tuesday at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum. As well as being great fun, Nature Tots sessions support children’s development in speech and language, motor skills, and social and emotional skills. It also introduces simple practical skills, such cooking on a campfire, tying knots and incorporating natural materials into activities such as craft and cooking. The sessions also help to foster a love and appreciation for local wildlife – in both the children and the parents!

Booking is done for 'blocks' of sessions and you will find all the dates on our 'Events' pages.

How we Started

Project Green Child, begun in 2017 by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, initially ran Nature Tots sessions at Queenswood for just a limited number of families from Leominster. These sessions were funded by Leominster Community Connect fund and the Pippin Trust. The aim for this group was to provide access and support to toddlers and their parents who might otherwise struggle to get outside and engage with nature and was to specifically work with under 5s with delayed development, working in partnership with Leominster Children’s Centre.

Project co-ordinator Katrina Preston commented:

“These sessions are such a joy to lead. We have seen a notable improvement in children’s development for those children regularly attending sessions, and, most importantly, they have a great time playing outdoors and engaging with nature. It can be hard work for parents to plan outdoor experiences into their days but coming to these sessions makes it that bit easier – we hope it will continue to inspire them to find time to play outside and learn about nature as a family outside of the sessions too. Parents attending the group are building up support networks, encouraging each other to meet up outside of the group to go on nature walks or to meet at the local park for more outdoor play time.”