Forest School set to help 1000s more children

Friday 10th November 2017

St Margaret Mary's Junior High in Knowsley

Lancashire Wildlife Trust have received a generous £116K from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to deliver another year of their Forest School Project across Manchester and Liverpool. The project is aimed at reconnecting urban children back with nature and wildlife through bushcraft activities at weekly sessions.

Senior Forest School Project Officer Vicki McDermott said, "We are really excited to be continuing our fantastic Forest School work across Manchester and Liverpool. We have an amazing opportunity to offer this unique experience to more children, young people and their teachers and it's all thanks to the players of the People's Postcode Lottery!"

The funding means that Lancashire Wildlife Trust can now expand the project to include a further four schools each in Manchester and Liverpool, as well as supporting previous cohorts with study days, training days and new ideas for their Forest School sessions.

Forest School benefits children in many different ways. Whether that’s enhancing their confidence to answer questions in class, increasing their resilience to difficult life situations or improving the communication skills of children who have English as an additional language; no child comes away from the programme worse off.

Forest School Project Officer Suzanne Stewart said, “I’ve met so many children over the course of the project and have seen the direct benefits Forest School has had on each individual. Each child gets something different out of taking part.”

“The children change so much over the course of the sessions. They really come out of their shells and it’s so lovely to watch. It’s very common for teachers to comment on a pupil’s change in behaviour, saying that a child is usually shy and quiet in class and yet at Forest School they a more confident side to themselves and interact with everyone!”

Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been running the Forest School Project in Manchester since 2015 and in Liverpool since 2017. To date, they have worked with sixteen schools, trained fifty teachers to be level three Forest School leaders and installed numerous outdoor learning facilities. They’ve engaged around 1800 children with the project so far and hope to reach thousands more in the future.

To find out more about the project supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, contact Molly Toal at mtoal@lancswt.org.uk or see here.