The Panshanger Park Forest School opened in February 2015 and has already seen over 1,000 children pass through its doors.
Forest School is designed to build up children’s skills and confidence of working and playing in the natural environment and is offered to schools and home educated children, as well as three to five year olds in Nature Tots sessions.
Panshanger’s Forest School now has plans to engage older children too, particularly 11-16 year olds. With current Forest School activities including a mud kitchen, den building and minibeast hunting, the Panshanger Forest School staff and volunteers were in need of some updated skills to engage an older age range. With this in mind, local bush craft expert, Chris Brunton, delivered training on site at Forest School earlier this month. The group learned how to create a fire using the bow drill method, whittled whistles from tree branches and brewed up using a traditional Kelly kettle.
It is hoped that these new skills will inspire even more young people to learn about the natural world around them and stand up for wildlife.
The Panshanger Park Forest School is a Tarmac initiative delivered in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. Find out more by visiting the Trust’s website hertswildlifetrust.org.uk.