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Martin and Kesty Jakes

Martin and Kesty Jakes met 25 years ago when they both worked for the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.  They are both passionate about connecting people and nature.  They have initiated local women and men’s circles and been part of establishing other community groups. There have been many gatherings on the land here to celebrate the seasons and cycles of life.

A gathering place in the woods  A gathering place in the woods

We moved to Stroud in 2000 and live here happily with our two children, with the woods on our doorstep.  Sladebank Woods is 4.7 acres on the fringe of Stroud just before you head into the Slad Valley countryside.  Please check location of event you are attending. Access is on foot through the park on Summer Crescent for Forest School events.  Other events take place behind our home, please be in touch for directions.  It is a mixed woodland with meadows on a north facing slope.  We have been managing the site for the benefit of wildlife.

habitat creation

Both Martin and Kesty have enhanced CRB/DBS clearance, and Kesty has a First Aid for Forest Schools certificate (adults and children in an outdoor setting).


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