The first groups of Hertfordshire children to experience the brand new Panshanger Park Forest School were thoroughly enjoying their outdoor lessons this week.
Panshanger Park Forest School, which is funded by Lafarge Tarmac and delivered in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, allows local children the opportunity to experience a whole new way of learning.
Children from Applecroft Primary School, Panshanger Primary School, St Phillip Howard Primary School and St John’s Primary School got stuck into creative and educational activities including making natural art with woodland materials, den building, using tools and exploring wildlife.
Becky Shenton, Panshanger Park Forest School Officer, says: “Panshanger Park provides an amazing setting for the Forest School and I’m looking forward to welcoming more children into the school over the coming weeks and months. I’m very pleased to say that the sessions are proving very popular among local schools - we are almost booked up until the end of the academic year already.”
The Forest School learning area takes up to 15 primary school children at a time. The children will spend a minimum of 6 sessions learning outdoors, over a number of weeks.
Robert Price, Headteacher at St John's CofE Primary School in Digswell, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity to get the children outside and learning! You can see the excitement on their faces as they look for minibeasts and play Forest School games. The children are gaining so much from this opportunity and we are grateful to Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Lafarge Tarmac for inviting local children to take part in this exciting project.”
Dave McCabe, Regulatory Affairs Manager in Lafarge Tarmac’s Sustainability Department, says: “We are offering an excellent opportunity for Hertfordshire’s future generations to learn about the importance of our natural environment as well as contributing positively to our local communities.”
Tim Hill, Conservation Manager at Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, says: “Panshanger Park has an outstanding variety of wildlife. The new Forest School means we can all share this inspiring environment with local schoolchildren - and if they are inspired to love it, they will want to respect and protect it in the future.”
The Panshanger Park Forest School is the first of what Lafarge Tarmac hopes will become a national network of Forest Schools, delivered as part of the company’s sustainability strategy.
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