We manage the woodland in order to enhance our environment; we store fuel for fires, make music, decorations and furniture and build dens with the managed wood.
Flora and Fauna Identification
We encourage children to look out for new and old growth and to identify trees by name, structure and appearance. There are many uses for wood to be discovered. We check animal burrows for their inhabitants, the children also study insect life in the leaf littered under decaying bark if they wish.
We look at soil depth in different parts of the woodland, then use basic materials from the kitchen to teach the children how to do a rudimentary pH test if they are interested.
We have a three year management plan to improve the area for birds and butterflies.
We develop the children intellectually using the Forest School Star paradigm.
Knots and Lashings
The children are invited to use a variety of basic knots. Knowing just a few facilitates considerable creativity and versatility when it comes to making structures, decorations, furniture, musical instruments and dens.
Getting to know Wood
Over time attendees can become entranced by the multiple properties and uses of wood. Grading twigs for fire lighting pictured below, sculpture for review, logs for sitting and playing on. Going deeper into the quality of wood, creative children have commented on the colours of the grain and layers of bark.