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Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to be more connected to nature?

Lavina’s Legacy Woodland Workshops launch on 1 February to coincide with Imbolc, the Celtic fire festival which marks the start of Spring, and will run every Thursday in February from 11am-2pm.

Celtic Harmony Camp, the Outdoor Prehistory Settlement, has a vast range of facilities, including seven Iron Age roundhouses, 13 acres of woodland, a cafe, toilets and washroom facilities, and a heated Prehistory Centre with its own Stone to Iron Age Exhibit and Palaeolithic Cave. Participants can expect to learn conservation and traditional skills, as well as help to maintain the woodland and the roundhouses for visitors, including school groups. There is also an exciting opportunity to consider a future traineeship to follow an in-house skills development programme, learning ancient crafts and group leadership of Stone to Iron Age experiences.

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The course is part of Celtic Harmony’s new Lavina’s Legacy programme , which promotes volunteering, skills development and community engagement. Lavina’s Legacy is named in honour of a beloved Celtic Harmony educator and volunteer Joyce, whose Celtic name when leading school groups was Lavina.  

Lavina’s Legacy Woodland Workshops are supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. For further details, please see Heritage 2033. 

Lavina’s Legacy, learning skills from the past for the future, this programme is an exciting prospect to get involved in: two great organisations, woodland skills and heritage work combining into one engaging prospect in the heart of Hertfordshire

Gareth Chalmers, Project Officer at Groundwork East

Transport to Celtic Harmony Camp, Bourne Wood, Brickendon is provided by the Groundwork minibus. No previous experience is needed to participate in these woodland workshops, just an enthusiasm for trying something different, meeting new people and learning something new. So, come along and get involved and learn skills from the past for the future.

Woodland Workshops run from February and June, the first workshop starts on Thursday 1 February to coincide with the Spring celebration of Imbolc.

Want to participate?

Secure your place by expressing your interest by contacting Gareth Chalmers by phone 07889 755092, or sign up online or by email:

We are excited to be working with Groundwork East to offer monthly Woodland Workshops as part of the Lavina’s Legacy project. The workshops are an excellent opportunity for local people to meet new people and develop conservation skills in a unique outdoor setting

Clare Holt-Parrella, CEO at Celtic Harmony

I really enjoyed the course, it was a good mixture of practical and conservation… I learnt many new skills that I will put into practice in my own garden. It has inspired me to explore other opportunities and perhaps employment

Previous Groundwork GOGA participant

Thank you to National Lottery for funding this opportunity

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