13: Build a den

Everyone loves den building and we love going up to Leigh Woods to find some sticks to build with. Use branches, twigs, leaves and even mud to make a construction out of natural materials. Lean it up against low lying tree branch or make it free standing wigwam style.

Look at the National Trust website for more ideas:  click here!

*Remember: always risk – assess your activities!

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