Forest skills area built for school and families
- Credit: Archant
Children can now enjoy forest skills and outdoor play sessions at Nailsea and Backwell Children’s Centre.
The centre, which is based at Kingshill Church School, had a large fenced-off area which was covered with brambles and unsafe to use.
Quotes to clear the area were too high, but Natalie Hawtin, children’s centre leader, decided to contact the Probation Service’s community payback to get a quote.
The Probation Service charged a nominal fee to cover expenses and spent three afternoons clearing the brambles and cutting back the trees.
Paths have been created through the space using bark chips and a fence has been put up in one corner to store den-making equipment.
You may also want to watch:
The new play space can now be used by the school and families from the children’s centre for forest skills and exploratory play.
Natalie said: “As a result the whole area is now a much better space and plants previously stifled by the brambles are coming through.
- 1 Plant-based diet helps Clevedon man fight cancer
- 2 How a Nailsea care home weathered the Covid-19 storm
- 3 Businesses donate nearly 500 computers to support pupils in lockdown
- 4 Villagers object to 'totally inappropriate' housing proposal
- 5 Caroline Goddard wins community hero competition
- 6 Daly on Portishead Town's season so far and ambitions for the future
- 7 Second rapid testing centre unveiled in Weston
- 8 More than 100 rough sleepers supported during pandemic in North Somerset
- 9 Man due in court after cars stolen in burglary
- 10 Dad drove family 270 miles for kebab before crashing on M5
“This area will now be used during the children’s centre groups and the school plans to facilitate forest school for small groups of children.
“These new opportunities for play will allow children to learn about the natural environment, observe wildlife, and experience being outdoors in all weathers.”
Nailsea Community Trust has donated money to pay for waterproof body suits for the youngsters so they can play outside in all weathers.
The children’s centre team has attended forest skills training and a teacher from Kingshill is planning to gain a qualification in the subject so the area can be used to its full potential.