Young People out in the Woods

Over the last year, we have worked with 10 secondary schools across Avon and taken 150 young people with a range of physical, learning and/or behavioural needs to visit a local woodland to learn about the woodland environment and acquire new skills. We would like to thank the Ernest Cook Trust which made this work possible.

We have offered a range of activities tailored to the particular needs of the young people involved. At an activity in Leigh Woods, young people made woodland percussion instruments, autumn crowns and woodland flags. We hired a Mobiloo (a mobile toilet with hoist and changing table), widening the range of people who attended. Activities for other schools were more practically focused, including woodland conservation work.

The project, which is part of our wider Woodland Wellbeing programme was a great success, with quotes from teachers including: 

 ‘Being in the woods for a morning had a hugely positive impact on the whole group: pupils and staff. The sounds, sights, textures, creative activities, feeding the robin, created that sense of awe and wonder which is not measurable, but so important for wellbeing. It energised and relaxed pupils and staff reported the benefit of this. We’d definitely like to be able to do it more often.’

‘I just wanted to let you know how much the groups that came to the woodland experiences with you, enjoyed themselves. The first group came back so excited really enthused and wanting to do it again on a regular basis. The activities you organised were absolutely brilliant and everyone said how wonderful you and everything was.’

The Ernest Cook funding has now ended, but we will apply for other grants to apply this best practice more widely in the area.

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