Of the twenty different Dartford, Bexley and Gravesend primary schools that attended our two term programmes, half were inspired to go away and have a go themselves. What a wonderful legacy! Forest School really did bring about results with 98% of children growing in self-awareness, empathy, confidence in themselves and in communicating with others – becoming more self-motivated and, above all, finding out about the wonders of our natural world.
With the Temple Hill Primary School taking on the Woodland in the near future over 600 children will gain access to the outdoor environment on a regular basis. We can't think of a better way for the Woods to be used. So far they've learnt orienteering, the history of the Woods, the points of the compass and how that works in practice, attended bug hunts and even had a burger night.
Sponsored once more by KASBAH this will have been the Trust's fourth year of providing a respite week for young carers aged between 7 to 11. Fur and feathers was the theme this year, inspired by the wonderful offer from Arrow Riding School to take the young people for a day of experience and wonder. Everyone got to ride a horse in their own woodland. They learned how the saddle was used and groomed and fed the horses. The many volunteers at the Centre made the day really special for our young carers - a big thank you to them and to Val and Ken for the day.
Five charitable organisations worked hard to provide this special week - Imago, our Trust, St. Edmunds Living Well, Arrow Riding School and KASBAH. It takes a lot of putting together but the end results are so worth the effort. Thanks to all for your help!
Fur and feathers led to eggs. These ones were created and painted utilising the only two colours that birds have available to them - green and a reddish brown.
For more information on Forest Schools, and their approach across the UK, follow the links below:
http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/ Forest School Association.
http://www.forestschools.com/ - for a list of Forest Schools in your area.
http://www.forestschoolwales.org.uk/ - a really informative site, crammed full of Forest School details.