To encourage children to explore the outdoors and learn about the natural environment the Charity worked with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust (LRWT). All primary schools in the area were offered the opportunity to run two LRWT-led Forest School programmes in 2022.
The Charity was pleased to fund the LRWT, a leading county wildlife conservation charity with trained and experienced leaders, to organise and deliver the programmes. The LRWT worked with five of the seven primary schools in the area to deliver Forest School programmes. The other two schools have their own Forest School practitioner. The Charity offered these schools direct funding to increase the number of sessions delivered.
Forest Schools take place outdoors and use natural resources to stimulate learning in a fun and engaging way through a variety of activities. They deliver a range of benefits including improving emotional and social skills, developing physical abilities, and improving knowledge and understanding of the natural world.