A WEEKEND of woodland wonder took place at Sladebank Woods in Stroud.

Visitors were able to discover, and get involved in producing, some of the many different 'fruits' that the native woodlands can provide.

Activities ranged from spoon carving and pole lathe turning, to apple pressing and corn popping over the fire.

Piers Clifford from Fireside Forest School was there showing people how to make drawing charcoal in biscuit tins.

There was something for all ages including using products from the woods to make peg people and conker webs.

“We couldn't have done it without help from so many talented and big hearted friends and local residents,” said Kesty Jakes, a trained Forest School leader.

Martin Jakes, who co-owns the wood with Kesty, said: “We received funding from Gloucestershire County Council's Active Together Fund and Barnwood Trust Small Sparks Fund, and support from the Summer Street Area Community Association.

"Without this support we wouldn't have contemplated an event of this scale. We feel blessed and privileged to have been able to offer such a wonderful experience to so many, and feel sure the energy of the weekend will bear more fruit in the future!”

Forest School sessions are on offer in half term in Sladebank Woods.

Information and bookings are at www.sladebankwoods.org.uk or call Kesty and Martin on 01453 766519.

Anyone interested in getting actively involved in shaping the future of the woodland can also sign up for a newsletter via the website.