The Hive

The HIVE is one of our most interactive and inspiring projects based at the fantastic Moss Bank Park, Bolton. The HIVE delivers a range of inspiring activities for children and families, as well as having a range of demonstration gardens which highlight the ease and importance of growing food and gardening for wildlife.

Taking the HIVE forward?

Despite the successful work that is currently delivered at the HIVE, our level of services offered have reduced over the past year which has impacted upon the amount of people which can benefit from the site.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust and partners want to increase the amount of people benefiting from the site and secure the long-term future of the HIVE. However, we want local people to be actively involved in influencing where we focus our efforts at the HIVE.

Initial consultation with key partners has identified a number of potential options for the future. These have been collated into key themes:

Are these right?

We want your honest opinions about whether these are needed and or right? Please take 5 minutes to answer the questions on the theme(s) that you are most interested in by clicking the title.

Take a look at our consultation findings to date by clicking here.

Celebrating diversity at the HIVE through food

The celebrating diversity project, funded by Bolton CVS as part of HATE crime awareness, aimed to take visitors to the HIVE on a tantalizing journey exploring new culinary experiences.

Food is a natural convener of people, and the favorite place for discussion is where food is made and served.

Food from all areas of world is now accessible in our stores and markets allowing us increased access to other cultures. The project aimed to stimulate conversation and thinking about the food people eat, where the ingredients have come from and the cultures from which ingredients / recipes have originated from.

Through these culinary experiences, the celebrating diversity wanted to help reduce stereotypes and misinformed narratives of particular communities and cultures whilst raising the importance of preventing HATE crime through better understanding of reporting methods.

Recipes for some of the delicious dishes cooked at the HIVE during the project are available below, just click on the title to view!

Interested in volunteering at the HIVE?

Join us every Friday afternoon at this fantastic site to meet new people and learn new skills, particularly those associated with horticulture and food growing.

Sessions start at 12.30pm and finish around 3.30-4pm.

Contact us on 01204 663 754 or click here to email

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For full details about volunteering with the Trust, please visit our volunteering page

Inspiring children and families

As well as our volunteering opportunities at the site the HIVE is a good space for inspiring children and families about the outdoors. We currently do this through a series of guided activities including:

Nature tots: Every Friday morning from 10am – 11.15am we host Nature Tots. Targeted at pre-school children, the session involves indoor and outdoor activities to engage and inspire children about wildlife and the outdoors. With an emphasis on fun and learning through nature activities include nature art, bug hunts, games, storytime and much more.

Sessions will help youngster stimulate independent learning and team working – all of which will help to boost communication skills, problem solving, physical development and creativity.

The cost is £4 per session which includes a refreshment drink.

WILD parties

If you are looking for an adventurous outdoor party the HIVE is a perfect location!

From building dens and roasting marshmallows in our Forest School woods to hunting for treasure hunt clues in our interactive gardens, there is something for all ages and interests!

For more details about our 'Tribal Survival' and 'Treasure Hunt' birthday parties see here

Education sessions

The HIVE offers a fantastic learning experience for students of all ages and abilities – particularly those at KS1 or SEN learning centres, linked to the secure setting of the site.

Linked to the range of gardens and wildlife areas at the HIVE we are able to offer a number of different sessions for schools but the key programme is linked to plants – Growing Green.

For more information about this curriculum linked education programme and services which we can offer at the HIVE visit this page.

Forest Schools

The HIVE is our key delivery location for Forest Schools in Bolton (and wider Greater Manchester). We can offer a number of services from the HIVE associated with Forest Schools including:

  • Level 2 and 3 Forest School training for adults
  • Forest School sessions for school groups, youth groups and other organisations
  • Support and advice around the development, design and securing of funding to deliver Forest Schools within your school / setting

For more details about Forest Schools see here.


For more details or any enquires please contact James Hall on:

T: 01204 663754

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