Current projects

Timber Girls

Working closely with the Biosphere Reserve and Courage Copse Creatives we have obtained funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund  for the Timber Girls Project

Timber Girls will explore, celebrate and recreate achievements of the Womens’ Forestry Service (WFS) during WWI.  60 female students, commemorating 100 years of the WFS, will take part in practical workshops exploring that heritage. Spending a day in a woodland, practicing the hands on skills used by the WFS to successfully support forest industry during WWI, participants will:

• Learn more about the WFS and their contribution to forestry

• Discover through artefacts and stories how WFS women would have experienced life on the home front with opportunities to compare and relate the past to their own lives

• Experience some of the practical and physical challenges that characterised many WFS tasks, practicing traditional skills that provide a tangible link to the past and opportunities to compare their experiences with those of 100 years ago

• Learn historic forestry skills that remain relevant to a diverse and sustainable forest industry today, through learning and practicing WFS work


Dome and Trailer Project

With funding from Devon County Council and Leader4 Torridge and North Devon we have an exhibition trailer and inflatable dome, together with field equipment for citizen science projects,  for use by the Biosphere team at DCC and by local community groups and schools for outdoor events. Full details and how to book click here


“Project part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas”



The North Devon Biosphere Foundation, Hallsannery Centre, New Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5HE, UK.
Tel: (+44) (0)1237 471564

Company number 4462420, Registered in England