Windmill Hill Primary School, Halton
A Mersey Forest Project
Forest School is all about introducing children to natural play and teaching them basic practical skills. The programme proves that not only does it help them learn more about the environment but also increases their respect for it. As a result of taking part in the programme, children are more sociable, more physically active and use green spaces more often with friends and family.
One of the first schools we worked with to adapt a woodland site was Windmill Hill Primary School in Halton. Having first planted trees to create a woodland area there in 1994, we returned in 2009 to help manage it. Children at the school now use this wonderful resource and climb the trees that were planted there so long ago.
We began leading Forest School sessions with Year 4 and 5 pupils, while mentoring staff and encouraging them to undertake their own Forest School training. This way the pupils could rely on support from them when the sessions became more independent from the Trust. The programme was so successful and received with so much enthusiasm that the school now regularly run sessions independently. They now continue to manage their abundant woodland all by themselves.