Childrens corner

In this section you will find a few items of interest for the children to keep an eye out for. Below you can find a variety of flora and fauna found in our park.

st'helens park map - click for larger image

Below is a selction of trees & plants found in st helens park.


a hawthorn tree leafa silver birch tree leafa wild cherry tree leaf


1. Have fun in the snow Early snow fell in the Hastings area and many of you went into the meadows in St Helens Woods to play. You were sledging, snowballing and making snowmen or other snow sculptures, like this snow castle.

a Snow castle

Some of you also came to our Build a Bird Box event, but even if you didn't, we hope you remembered to put food and water out in your gardens or windowsills for the birds during that very cold spell.


2. Find you special tree Another thing you can do is to find your own special tree as you walk and play in the Woods. How do you know which one it is? Well, here's how:


- find yourself a stick and a muddy puddle

hold out your hand, palm side up trace the lines in your hand with the muddy stick (or a pen) as you walk in the woods, look for a tree, branch or twig that looks very much like your hand lines. That will be your special tree. You may not find it straight away, so keep on looking.

When you have found it, identify what type of tree it is (you can do this from the leaves or blossom) Remember to visit your tree regularly and see how it changes through each of the seasons. Look too to see if birds are nesting in your tree, what they are and if there are squirrels playing in it.

3. Look for signs of animal life. This is a good time to be able to see evidence of foxes, rabbits or badgers. There are several badger setts in St Helens Woods. See if you can find one – but do not disturb it. What do you know about badgers?

a Badger

Here are some badger facts:

  • - badgers are nocturnal. They come out at night to hunt for food
  • - they live in setts. These are large underground burrows with lots of tunnels and chambers and different entrances
  • - a fully grown badger is about the size of a small dog
  • - badger paws are broader than they are long and they have very strong claws with which they dig their setts.

See if you can find their paw prints, but don't confuse them with those of foxes. Here's a picture to show you the difference

a Badger & Dogs paw print

- What other evidence can you find about FOXES in the woods?

a Fox

  • - They are also nocturnal, coming out to feed after dusk
  • - They talk to each other by barking like a dog or by high pitch screams like a cat
  • - They live in underground burrows called earths
  • - You can spot their pooh by its pointed twisty end
  • - Foxes are intelligent and adaptable and you can often now find them in your gardens or built up areas in the town looking for food left by humans

Whatever you do in the Woods this winter, have lots of fun!