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Residential courses FAQs

These FAQs refer to the Outdoor Activity Residential Course and the John Muir Award Conservation Residential Course at Hudnall Park

Where is Hudnall Park and how do I get there?

Hudnall Park is a versatile multi-purpose venue set in 85 acres of beautiful parkland 8 miles from Hemel Hempstead in the west of Hertfordshire.

  • Less than 30 mins from Luton
  • Less than 40 mins from Aylesbury
  • Less than 2 hours from central London


The address is: Hudnall Park, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted HP4 1QN

By road
From the B440 turn left past Ashridge Vehicles onto Hudnall Lane towards Little Gaddesden. Take the first left onto St Margarets (single track road) and first left into Hudnall Park (please press the Hudnall Park reception button to gain access through the gate).

By bus or train

Pick up/drop off is available from Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted or Tring railway stations by prior arrangement. Please contact us prior to booking if you will need this.


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What are the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award prerequisites?

If you are using the course as your Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Gold Award Residential, please make sure that you have registered for your Gold Award and have checked with your DofE leader that they are happy to approve your residential before you book. Please ensure we have your DofE number.

What happens on each day of the course?

Outdoor Activity Residential Course

Example timetable

Day 1

  • Arrive at 12.00pm
  • Lunch, welcome and introductions, safety talk and ice breakers.
  • Familiarise yourself with your surroundings and get to know your team.
  • Discuss personal aims and objectives for the week.                                                           
  • An evening walk in the woods for a night-time exploration of this magical ancient woodlands.


Day 2

  • Take part in activities around Hudnall Park such as orienteering, mountain biking, teambuilding games and the low ropes course, and environmental activities.
  • Plan a piece of environmental art to be made later in the week.


Day 3

  •  Walk or cycle to Ivinghoe Beacon where you will have the opportunity to improve your navigation and map reading skills and find out more about the flora, fauna and geology of the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
  •  An evening wildlife walk detecting bats and investigating small mammals
  • An introduction to the use of Longworth traps and small mammal surveys


Day 4

  • Checking the mammal traps (the animals are NOT harmed in these traps)
  •  Archery, zip line and an environmental activity
  • Gathering natural materials to make a piece of environmental art for the Hudnall Park art walk
  • Woodland skills
  • An evening woodland fire – a chance to relax around the campfire and reflect on your experiences of the week and maybe toast a marshmallow or two.


Day 5

  • Finish your art project
  •  Go karting
  • Reflection and final review of the week
  • Depart 3pm

Please note: to ensure safe and quality learning experiences for students, the timetable may change depending on weather conditions and local factors at the centre.

John Muir Award Conservation Residential Course

Example timetable

Day 1

  • Arrive at 12.00pm
  • Lunch, welcome and introductions, safety talk and ice breakers.
  • Familiarise yourself with your surroundings and get to know your team.
  • Discuss personal aims and objectives for the week.
  • More about the John Muir Award – who is John Muir?
  • An evening walk in the woods for a night-time exploration of this magical ancient habitat.
  • Time will be given to complete your John Muir diaries

 

Day 2

  • A talk about conservation at Hudnall Park and the traditional land management activities practiced here.
  • Get involved in the conservation activities around Hudnall Park such as hedge laying and species monitoring
  • Mammal trapping - an introduction to the use of Longworth traps and small mammal surveys
  • Complete your John Muir diaries

 

Day 3

  • After checking the mammal traps in the morning, you’ll be driven to the Chilterns where you will go on a nature walk to explore the amazing geographical features of Ivinghoe Beacon and the surrounding area. You will collect data on flora and fauna which can be used for national databases, and perhaps do some art, sketching or photography.
  • Considering the impact that climate change may have on these areas.
  • An evening wildlife walk to see bats, deer and badgers. We will place some cameras around the site to record footage of the local nocturnal wildlife.
  • Complete your John Muir diaries

 

Day 4

  • Visit to Whipsnade Zoo
  • John Muir Diaries
  • An evening woodland fire – a chance to relax around the campfire and reflect on your experiences of the week and maybe toast a marshmallow or two.

 

Day 5

  • Collect wildlife cameras and watch the footage
  • Bird ringing demonstration
  • Finalise your John Muir diaries and presentations
  • Reflection and final review of the course
  • Depart 3pm

 

Please note: to ensure safe and quality learning experiences for students, the timetable may change depending on weather conditions and local factors at the centre.

What is expected of me on the course?

We expect you to participate fully in all activities and show a willingness to learn new skills. We expect you to join in group activities and work as a team with others who will initially be unknown to you on the course.

We expect you to follow all safety instructions and act in a calm and sensible manner. We expect you to adhere to the Hudnall Park rules, which are covered in the induction and safety talk. Anyone found breaking these rules will be asked to leave immediately.

What do I need to bring?

Once you have confirmed you place by paying your deposit, we will send you a kit list.

During the Teams video call prior to the course, we will discuss the kit list with you to ensure you are happy with what you need to bring.

How much do the courses cost and what is included?

Outdoor Activity Residential Course

The price is £385 and includes all food (freshly cooked on site), accommodation and in course transport. 

Pick up/drop off is available from Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted or Tring railway stations by prior arrangement. Please contact us prior to booking if you will need this.

Accommodation is either in shared bedrooms or shared tents, depending on the weather and time of year.


Deposit

To book your place we require a deposit of £50 and a consent form from each participant. If you are under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/carer.

An invoice for a non-refundable deposit will be issued by SERCO Financial Services.  Your place on the residential will not be confirmed until this has been paid.


Balance of Fees

Your final invoice will be sent directly to you by SERCO Financial Services. 

If you would like to pay in installments, please email us at hudnallpark@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Please note: If the minimum number of six participants has not been reached two weeks before the start of the course, the course will be cancelled and any payments made will be refunded. We will keep you informed if this is likely to happen.

 

John Muir Award Conservation Residential Course

The price is £385 and includes all food (freshly cooked on site), accommodation and in course transport. 

Pick up/drop off is available from Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted or Tring railway stations by prior arrangement. Please contact us prior to booking if you will need this.

Accommodation is either in shared bedrooms or shared tents, depending on the weather and time of year.


Deposit

To book your place we require a deposit of £50 and a consent form from each participant. If you are under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/carer.

An invoice for a non-refundable deposit will be issued by SERCO Financial Services.  Your place on the residential will not be confirmed until this has been paid.


Balance of Fees

Your final invoice will be sent directly to you by SERCO Financial Services. 

If you would like to pay in installments, please email us at hudnallpark@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Please note: If the minimum number of six participants has not been reached two weeks before the start of the course, the course will be cancelled and any payments made will be refunded. We will keep you informed if this is likely to happen.

When are the 2024 courses happening?

Monday 22 to Friday 26 July 2024

Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 August 2024

Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November 2024

What happens if I cancel?

Cancellation

Any cancellation will incur a £35 administration fee, plus the following percentage of the course fee:

  • Cancellation within 6 weeks of the date 50%
  • Cancellation within 5 weeks of the date 75%
  • Cancellation within 4 weeks of the date 100%


Refunds will not be given except on medical grounds where a doctor’s letter can be provided (75% refund will be available), but we may be able to offer you a place on a different residential course.

Is there any insurance cover?

All programmes are covered by Public Liability Insurance. There is no insurance for personal accident, personal possessions or cancellation cover; this is the responsibility of the individual.

Will my valuables be safe?

We recommend that you leave all valuables at home as we have no place to guarantee their safety. If you do bring valuables with you, it will be entirely at your own risk.

What is the mobile phone coverage like?

The mobile signal is not reliable at Hudnall Park so we can’t guarantee you will always get a mobile signal. If your family need to get in contact with you urgently, please ask them to call Hudnall Park.

Is there WiFi available?

There is WiFi at Hudnall Park but it can be a bit unreliable because of the location.

Will you be taking photographs or video footage of me?

We will only use your image or recording with your consent. To give your consent, please complete the Services for Young People image consent form provided. If you are under 18 your parent/carer will need to sign the form. 

 

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