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Saffron Acres & Heath

Saffron Acres & Heath

Saffron Heath comprises a 6-acre enclosed wildlife & environmental site. Features include pre-Victorian field pond with newts (perfect for pond dipping), wildflower meadow (perfect for bug hunting), little woodland & pocket park (perfect for den building), heritage fruit orchard (perfect for fruit harvesting & apple pressing), as well as a restored Anderson shelter, picnic benches, classroom & kitchen facilities with mains power, composting accessible toilet, and educational resources available for hire from the charity.
Saffron Acres is the adjacent 6 acre community food growing project, with polytunnels, sensory garden, large established orchard, unusual varieties of fruit & veg growing from around the world, fire pit, pizza oven, apple juice making, large scale composting, woodland walk, storytelling area, bog garden, herb beds, arable paddocks, opportunities for viewing farm equipment at work (tractor & plough), lavender labyrinth and more!

Address

432 Saffron Lane
Saffron Acres c/o Saffron Resource Centre
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE2 6SB

Contact Details

Main contact:
Laura Gray / Alex Miller / Neil Hodgkin
+621162837212

Facilities

  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

6 acres of the 12 acre site is fully enclosed, with a large carpark inside the main gates. There is a small classroom space with tables and chairs. Most teachers use this space for up to 15 children. There is also a wheelchair accessible toilet and a kitchen space. First aid kits are on site. Equipment is available to hire for activities, including pond dipping, bug hunting, den building, fruit pressing, coppicing, whittling, arts & crafts, wildflower ID and much more. Resources available for parent & toddler groups, primary and secondary school pupils, college and university students. A member of our staff can be present on site for first aid cover and access to equipment. Additionally, staff can lead activities for your class or group during your visit.

Delivery Items

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes

Pricing

Pricing for visits will vary depending on;
Number of our staff required
How long the visit lasts
Equipment requested for hire
Funding and subsidies are available for visits matching eligible criteria.
Discounts can be provided for groups booking multiple visits and local schools, colleges and universities.
Please enquire for further details.

Other Accreditations

In the process of gaining LOTC Quality Badge
Woodland Trust - Green Tree Schools Gold
Queens Award for Voluntary Service
DEFRA Bees Needs Champion
RHS It's Your Neighbourhood "Outstanding"
Lloyds Foundation Charity Achievement Award
Social Farms & Gardens Member
Educators Garden Ambassador Award
Grow Wild (Kew Gardens) Award
RHS School Gardening Award (Level three so far!)
RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch, annually since 2012
RSPB Wildlife Action & Wildlife Challenge Awards - Gold
Wildlife Trust - Wildlife Watch Awards

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