NEWS

News and Pictures 2024

May 2024

May 2024 has proven to be a very busy month again, with significant maintenance works undertaken, as listed below. We have completed the new campfire area at the bottom of Apple near the stream. This campfire will be called maple and is available to book via OSM

The first phase of the Boundary Trail is progressing well, with a clear path that we are actively maintaining. We have now put up the Rabbit Signs along the trail as markers to follow. Next will be the information and quiz boards aim to open this activity on the 1st July 2024


Unfortunately this month, as per previous incidents, we have had to deal with "silly" behaviour and individuals not respecting our site. We have had to clean foot prints off the outside wall of the loo block, repair the Snowball games ball box lid as someone felt it acceptable to try and prize this open, and repair the gate when someone drove into it and significantly reshaped it. None of these issues have been reported to us. All these and more have been dealt with by the team, so no one is the wiser!


It is important that our Young people are actively supervised on site, mainly for their safety and to ensure the site is not unnecessarily damaged. We ask that leaders walk around, make their presence known and see what’s going on, so they can step in if necessary. If something gets damaged, please let us know - mail@glennywood.org.uk, don’t just walk past and ignore it!


On the 21st May we welcomed a team of 4 plus a visiting nephew of one of the team members, from India, to Glenny Wood as part of the Ping Identity Internal Volunteering day within this company. They all worked really hard and were creative and have built us a fabulous Bug Hotel. We now look forward to welcoming lots of the bugs for extended stays in our hotel. Many, many thanks to the team.


So as May continues so will the hard work maintaining and further improving Glenny Wood.


  • Boundary Walk phase 1 path clearing and marker poles.
  • Put up the Boundary Trail Rabbit signs.
  • Opened up Grass Sledges Activity.
  • New informal campfire - dig out fire pit and rope fencing area off.
  • Checked the Glenny well to ensure it cannot be opened. The cover is welded on!
  • Sorted out padlock to compound.
  • Dipped red Diesel Barrel and ordered more fuel.
  • Replaced on side of Holly Campfire pit edging.
  • Put out Tables for Newport Scouts to borrow at the weekend.
  • Cleared out the wood behind the pole store, cut up and remove screws / nails etc.
  • Put back up Spruce Plateau sign.
  • Repaired needless damage to the Snookball Ball box.
  • Inflated snookball balls.
  • Cleaned foot prints off the loo walls.
  • Andy our electrician completed checks & repaired light in Yellow shower room.
  • Created display on white boards outside lodge.
  • Move the wood pile up above GAP to the Wood store.
  • Legionella & bacteria testing of our water completed.
  • Clear Dams from stream.
  • Fault finding and got the red tractor starting again.
  • Significant Grass and Bracken strimming around the site including the LPG tank compound, top track, campfire, pathways and much more.
  • Fence to the loos cut.
  • Repair Camper Shed door so now lockable.
  • Put up Fire Buckets for Maple Camp Fire.
  • Repaired the damaged front gate.
  • Repaired Wood store roof
  • Strengthen Confidence Course uprights and joints.
  • Stop Grinding completed

New Camp Fire - Maple

Boundary Trail

Maintaining the Site and keeping it tidy.

Repairing / cleaning unacceptable damage / behaviour

Bug Hotel 2 built and open for guests.

On the 21st May we welcomed a team of 4 plus a visiting nephew of one of the team members, from India, to Glenny Wood as part of the Ping Identity Internal Volunteering day within this company. They all worked really hard and were creative and have built us a fabulous Bug Hotel. We now look forward to welcoming lots of the bugs for extended stays in our hotel. Many, many thanks to the team.

April 2024

April was a very busy month at Glenny Wood for the site team. Despite the weather we have achieved an incredible amount.

Key highlights of the month saw the phase 1 of the Round Glenny Trail works well on their way with the rough track made safer and steps built in. Next steps include the signage and interactive boards along with the risk assessment and factsheet. This part will be open on the 1st July

The buildings on site and decking area all got a spring clean during the month and are looking very smart.

We added a new activity with is our Treasure Hunt, to help everyone get to know Glenny Wood better.

Also we have through significant strimming work by Mark, we have reclaimed areas from the brambles and are in the process of putting in a small informal campfire area on Apple above the Loo block. A place for our young people to sit and chat.


AND.... At long last on the 24th April, it was dry enough to cut the grass, so much later than normal. 


The wild flowers, Primroses, Bluebells, Wild Garlic to name three are all coming out in bloom and the site is getting prettier by the day as spring really gets hold.


A few pics below show the works undertaken and of the flowers for you to enjoy.


Other maintenance works undertaken included:-

  • Replaced the entrance Flag poles now with Glenny Wood Flags flying
  • Sensitivity of outside lights adjusted so no longer on in daylight
  • Repaired Weir & Fencing in Wetlands area
  • Tidied campfire Log pile and area
  • Replaced and added in fencing posts on bottom boundary fence
  • Outside lights working around the lodge
  • Shower lights working
  • Repaired Snookball - Pockets and netting connections
  • Repaired roof above Girls loo
  • Urinals all clean of lime scale
  • Moved to sunny location trees the Firs trees which were by Wetlands
  • Pruned the Hawthorn around the gas tank to encourage growth 
  • Site Strimming in key areas commenced
  • Squirrel Trail – walked and points all checked
  • New Treasure Hunt - walked and points all checked
  • Clear bunged up Shower and now back in use
  • Trimmed bench, removing rotten wood, and knobbly bits
  • Put up fence between Beech and Activities area & cleared by mulch
  • Replaced power point for charging in the Activity shed.
  • Jet washed and cleaned decking pathway, Lodge ends, walls and Garage
  • Created a new walkway from path near taps to Activity Zone
  • Re-stained Colin Warry's memorial Seat
  • Grass Seeded Sycamore
  • Strimmed the top track and grass sledge area
  • Replaced hot water tank in Toilet/Shower block
  • New pump installed for the septic tank
  • Jet washed the Aerial Runway decking floor to clean it, so it is not slippery
  • Fix the compound gates
  • Boundary Trail building - Phase 1 completed
  • Aerial Runway set up Runway for 24 season.
  • Aerial Runway training evenings commenced.
  • Clear area above the loo building and create an informal campfire.
  • Counted the Glenny memorabilia.
  • Moved old Telegraph poles to Wetlands for re-route stream.
  • PAT Testing completed.
  • Out side Lights wiring checked.

Spring time at Glenny Wood 2024

March 2024

  • Repaired Wood storeroof

  • Replaced fencing at the bottom of the site
  • Cleared logs off top track
  • Put down chippings on muddy track
  • Put up Safety notices opposite the loos
  • Put wire netting on top step near bouldering wall.
  • Completed put up the tree protection for the newly planted trees
  • Confidence Course - Repaired Up n Over obstacle Legs

  • Added a door to the gap between the showers at the rear of the loos, for cleaning materials.
  • Replaced edging on Holly Campfire
  • Removed two old met posts in the Wetlands Area
  • Repaired the Up n Over obstacle legs and add in decking boards to climb up in the Confidence Course
  • Replaced chain fixings on Monkey Bridge
  • Check Pioneering poles not rotten by bounce test, and annual count
  • Put up new 10 MPH speed limit Signs

I am often asked, how busy in Glenny Wood with visits and camps. Well very busy is the simple answer.


During 2023 we have seen 209 visits on site with 5737 people visiting.


So yes we have seen lots of people having fun and learning new skills at Glenny Wood


Click on the pic or botton for more info....


February 2024

General Maintenance Work February 2024


  • New Posters and information displayed inside the lodge.
  • Tidied out Cupboard in Boiler room.
  • Checked all chairs / tables - clean and safe.
  • Checked the Cooker is working correctly.
  • Cleared brush wood from plateaus including on Ash, Beach, and Hawthorne.
  • Repaired grass where Tree surgeons’ machines been on.
  • New Posters and information displayed inside the lodge.
  • Tidied out Cupboard in Boiler room.
  • Checked all chairs / tables - clean and safe.
  • Checked the Cooker is working correctly.
  • Cleared brush wood from plateaus including on Ash, Beach, and Hawthorne.
  • Repaired grass where Tree surgeons’ machines been on.

Tree Works - January / February 2024

Tree Planting - safegaurding the future


  • Tree Planting is taking place again. A further 14 new trees are being planted. they are:-
    • 4 x English Oak trees
    • 4 x Wild Cherry
    • 2 x Rowan
    • 2 x Crabb Apple
    • 2 x Apple
  • All the trees planted and tree protection being put in place.

Tree felling works


  • We are also having 7 trees felled due to end of life and Ash Dieback.
    • English Elm x 2
    • Silver Birch x 3
    • Common Ash x 2

Lodge Veranda Upgrade - January / February 2024

Decking works now completed and looking good

  • Work has commenced on replacing the veranda uprights, decking boards and notices
  • The old boards have now been taken up, and those ok will be re purposed.
  • Concrete slab has been laid infront of the kitchen doors
  • New Decking planks are now being put down
  • The old notices and pictures removed.
  • Decking work completed
  • Decking treated
  • Notice boards painted white and posters / information put up.

Wetlands Bridge Replacement

A new bridge across the stream in the wetlands has been completed.

This gives access to both sides of the wetlands into the pond and conservtion areas as well.

Final screw was put in by Andy on Wednesday Wednesday 10th January 2024

January 2024

General Maintenance Work January 2024

  • Altar fire barrels and stands checked
  • Campfire areas checked and all ok
  • Safe checked and no longer working so was removed
  • Removal of the weather beaten Welcome to Glenny Sign. It did us proud for 17 years!!
  • Checked Electric Points in Activities Shed, USB points to replace, otherwise all good
  • Shop stock count completed for annual accounts
  • A full check has been undertaken of the Confidence Course and Log Walk, and small amounts of non urgent repair works wil be completed at the end of January
  • Water levels in the Wetlands Pond so high and the stream is flowing fast
  • New lights into the site and down to the loos workings well

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