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Forest schools take children’s learning outdoors

by Gemma Melling

Hundreds of Knowsley children have been getting back to nature by joining Forest School sessions run by the borough’s Green Space Rangers.

The youngsters have been learning outdoor survival skills, such as den building and fire lighting, as well as taking part in outdoor exercise activities, orienteering and woodland management sessions.

One of the young people joining the Forest Schools sessions said:

“We’re more hands-on in the forest school – learning new things and getting closer to nature. It feels good being outside and we’re learning really useful things that we can pass on to our families.”

The innovative programme aims to improve the physical and mental well-being of children and young adults – including care leavers and those struggling at school.

Taking part in forest school activities can help to build self-esteem and confidence, equipping young people with vital skills for adulthood.

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Green Space Ranger Darren Wilson said:

“The Forest School and Bushcraft activities are a great way of engaging with young people. It’s very rewarding when you get through to a young person who may not have been engaged with school in the past.”

More information about forest school sessions

To book a Forest School session ring 0151 443 2485 or email the Knowsley Green Space Rangers.