We are delighted that "Woodside" our new learning through nature area is complete and ready for the children to enjoy.
The Centre secured funding £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme to create the new Learning Through Nature Area, called Woodside. The space will be used to allow children to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the natural world.
Our gardener Moira Rusbridge designed the space with Head of Centre Diana Heath and the Senior Management Team. The project included removing an old shed and building a new wooden shelter on the site, re-fencing, planting, laying turf and decking an area. Natural materials such as willow tunnels and bug hotels will be incorporated on the site.
Local builders Bowood Landscapes Ltd were the chosen contractors and made use of interesting additional materials which would otherwise have been disposed of for example rubber playground tiles from another school refurbishment, hazel rods left over from garden maintenance work and various fixing and surplus bricks they had left at their yard.
Another local building and timber suppliers, Buildbase, also gave a generous discount on materials for the decking which allowed the funding to stretch further.
The area will provide opportunities for the children to be physically active, learn about nature by hunting for mini beasts and foraging, experience cooking over an open fire pit and develop storytelling and listening skills.
A series of workshops will also be held for parents to explain the benefits of outdoor learning and giving them ideas for future outings with their children and how to use nature to develop their skills for life.