Activity centre opens in memory of Tony Baxter

Children enjoying a previous Forest Schools event
Children enjoying a previous Forest Schools event

An activity day is being held at Sutcliffe Woods Activity Centre during the half term holiday, to encourage children to spend more time outdoors and improve their health.

The new woodland facility in Wood Bottom Lane, Hove Edge, developed in memory of Brighouse entrepreneur Tony Baxter will offer children the chance to try green woodwork and natural arts and crafts. The event on Wednesday is open to children aged five to 11 and their parents.

His wife Julie, who runs Healthy Lifestyles with her sister Sharon Rushworth, the organisation responsible for the centre, said: “We want the activity day to be an enjoyable mix of fun and learning - prompting the children’s natural curiosity and excitement about the world around them and giving them a unique and engaging experience.”

Mr Baxter bought the land back in 2007 in what turned out to be his final project, before losing the fight against cancer. The plot has lain dormant, until Julie came up with an idea to develop it for environmental projects to benefit others. It will cost £15 per adult and £8 per child with any proceeds used to develop similar activities for disadvantaged children. The event will be divided into two separate half-day sessions from 9.30am to noon or 1pm to 3.30pm.

To book a place or find out more visit, email; or call 01274 726200 or 07733828083.