On Tuesday July 21 The Mayor of Winchester, Patrick Cunningham formally opened the Woodland Walk Trail for Poppins Nursery at The Carroll Centre, Stanmore. The opening was attended by staff, members of the City of Winchester outdoor recreation team, trustees and most importantly parents and children.

The mayor congratulated Eloisa Broadbent in particular for her vision and commitment to the woodland trail. After his speech the children were invited to explore the trail, find out about the animals that live in the wood and hear the story of Wonky the Woodpecker. At the end of the trail who was waiting for the children but Wonky the Woodpecker! It was a delightful event and a celebration of hard work, dedication and collaboration.

The project was dreamed up by Eloisa Broadbent, nursery head, The Carroll Centre Director, Jool Heller-Dixon and Sue Lord from Winchester City Council. Full use was made of a neglected woodland slope behind The Carroll Centre. The land has been transformed into an inviting woodland path, decorated along the way with rustic animal sculptures. In amongst the trees the children come upon a story telling circle full of promise.

“It is perfect for the children,” says Eloisa, “as they are much safer and healthier outdoors in the current situation. In their socially-distanced bubbles they can clamber all over the wooden structures. They especially love the story telling circle and the den building space.”

As lockdown eased Poppins Nursery opened as soon as it could with great care to keep the children and staff safe. They offered much needed education for the children and support for the parents. These have been challenging and difficult times. Looking forward Poppins Nursery welcomes applications for next term.


Stanmore Woodland Trail Opened by Mayor of Winchester