Forest School at Nymans

Forest School students embrace new experiences in Nymans woods © Angie Cribb

Forest School students embrace new experiences in Nymans woods

Primary school students local to Nymans have participated in a new programme developed and led by our woods rangers to encourage passion and understanding for nature and woodland management. Ranger Tom Hill explains a little more about the programme and some of its many benefits.

Nymans Forest School has grown significantly over the past six months and now runs weekly, half-day sessions with two local primary schools – Handcross and Harlands. We have a long-standing partnership with Muntham House, a school for boys with behavioural difficulties.

Forest School is a concept taken from a Scandinavian model of education where children interact with nature from a young age. It places an emphasis on self-led learning and aims to nurture team spirit as well as spark an interest in, and respect for, the living things around the woodland. Children light camp fires, share food and practice woodworking skills.

There is also plenty of time and freedom for them to make new friends, explore their surroundings and use their imaginations to come up with games, challenges and experiences of their own. Benefits to the children are seen as: increased self esteem; perseverance with problem solving; a sense of responsibility; as well as encouraging a love for nature.

 

Tom Hill

Nymans Woods Ranger