We are delighted to receive funding from the Nineveh Trust to fund outdoor public events in the Campsie Glen Woodland and a Forest School programme in the woodland to raise awareness of the importance of the natural environment and to involve the public in the care and management of the land.
Forest School is
“an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults, regular opportunities to achieve, and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.“ (Forest Education Initiative, 2010)
The Forest School idea originated in Scandinavia in the early 1950s. The main idea behind it was to teach children about the natural world. The concept was introduced into the UK in 1995 by a group of early years practitioners who had visited and observed children attending a Forest School in Denmark. Since then it has really taken off in Scotland and the UK in general for work with children, tenagers and adults.
Here are some of the benefits of Forest School on the learner.
● increased health and well-being;
● improved risk management skills;
● increased resilience
● greater independence and confidence;
● increased ability to work as part of a team;
● improved creativity and problem-solving skills;
● greater enjoyment of, and connection with, the natural world.
● Increased interest in the natural environment
The public events will aim to engage with the general public to support people to get outside for health and wellbeing, and to educate the general public about the value of the outdoors and engage them in land management and appreciation of the natural environment.
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