We are delighted to report that we have been awarded £7,200 by the Forestry Commission for the development of a Forest School site in Castle Hill Wood at Fordhall Farm. Thank you Forestry Commission! This grant will also part-fund the cost of building of a footbridge over the River Tern to allow Buntingdale school, nursery and local families’ sustainable and environmentally friendly access to Fordhall Farm. The alternative was to have an unrealistic and far less sustainable bus ride of only a few miles but costing £90 per visit. We must also say a big thank you to all those of you who have sent vital funds to cover the remainder of the bridge cost. We could not do it without you.
Forest School is essentially an outdoor class room which teaches independance, confidence and team work. Helping our children escape from the cotton wool society they now grow up in. Our goal is to raise the profile of Forest School in the Market Drayton area so that local groups will make use of the site either independantly or with support from Helen Howes (FCLI board member and our very own Forest School Leader). If you would like to support this venture or are interested in Forest School yourself please contact the office on 01630 638696.
For more information on Forest Schools see
Forest Education Initiative website