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Special Branch

special branchSpecial Branch is an innovative and pioneering collection of bushcraft and woodland adventures for young people with additional needs.
Special Branch is open to any Isle of Wight resident aged between 8 and 19 with a Gateway Plus card.
Accompanying parents, carers and siblings are also welcome.

What we do
Special Branch Woodland Days are run at East Dene, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight. Goodleaf and East Dene work together to provide specialist activities for people with additional needs. Activities can include tree climbing, bushcraft, archery, breadmaking, navigation challenges, axe throwing, woodcraft and shelter building. Our woodland adventures are tailored to suit the needs of the participants.

East Dene is the perfect place for Special Branch. It’s an outdoor activity centre by the sea with its own private woodland area – perfect for tree climbing and bushcraft. We have use of a separate indoor Coach House area so there’s  fantastic outside space as well as somewhere comfy and private to have some time out if needed.

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Special Branch encourages independence but with tailored support and we enable young people to take part in activities in locations which may have previously seemed inaccessible. We liaise with parents and support staff to ensure that as many young people as possible have the opportunity to experience outdoor adventures in the woods.

One of the best things about all these bushcraft activities? They’re heavily subsidised by the Isle of Wight Council and only cost £20 for a day of activities including lunch!

2016 dates

Woodland Days

Saturday 30th July 10 am – 4pm – family woodland day at East Dene. £20 per child or sibling,  parents and carers go free. Includes lunch
Sunday 18th Sept 10 am – 4pm – family woodland day at East Dene. £20 per child or sibling parents and carers go free. Includes lunch
Saturday 22nd Oct 10 am – 4pm – family woodland day at East Dene. £20 per child or sibling, parents and carers go free. Includes lunch

Tree Climbing

A one off summer tree climbing special just for Gateway Card holders in Appley Park, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
Friday 19th Aug – 3 pm to 6 pm for an hours climb. £10 per child or sibling. Includes tree climbers flapjack!

Inclusion Funding

We have a limited amount of funding to provide tree climbing for additional needs on our regular two hour climbs in Appley Park. The funding pays for one to one instruction for the young person with additional needs, meaning they can come along and take part in any of our two our sessions. Contact us on 0333 800 1188 to find out more.


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Special Branch is funded by the Isle of Wight Council under the Short Breaks programme