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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Forest Schools Celebrate 3 years of Heritage Lottery-Funded Forest Schools Training 

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2010


 

 

Celebrating 3 years of Forest Schools

 

 

Forest Schools celebrated its 3 year anniversary at the end of May, marking the end of the funding award from Heritage Lottery Fund. Over 70 people joined the celebrations, including over 55 educational professionals who have graduated from the programme with a level 2 or 3 Leader Award.

 

Forest Schools trains teachers so that they can provide children and young people with regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self worth through a series of achievable hands-on bush craft and conservation tasks.

 

Sarah Capper, Forest Schools trainer, said,  "The programme has been more successful than we could have imagined:  to date 112 students have graduated from 93 different schools - that's 7776 sessions delivered to over 6400 children."

 

The event included storytelling with the Wildman of the Woods, willow weaving with willow artist Spencer Jenkins, campfire cooking and natural crafts.

 

 

 

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Forest School Leaders receiving the Forest Schools Heritage Lottery Funded plaques for their schoools

 

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Willow-weaving by the new Lottery-funded bell tents.

 

 

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Looking at photos taken during training

 

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The Wild Man of the Woods tells a story!

 

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Weaving willow with Spencer Jenkins, Willow artist

 

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Weaving willow

 

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Making a kazoo

 

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Our celebration cake!

 

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Pauline McAleese from Stockingford Early Years talking about her experience of Forest Schools

 

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 The Forest School team - coordinators (left to right) Andy Matthews, Sarah Klaes and Sarah Capper and admin assistant Sue Ell

 

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 Pauline McAleese from Stockingford Early Years, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Stephen Trotter and Jenni Ord, Heritage Lottery Fund committee member for the West Midlands, cut the cake.

 

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A buffet was provided by Badgers Tea Room staff.

 

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Making a woodenb xylophone

 

 

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