Forest Schools Manchester

Forest School in Manchester

Molly Toal

Working with a growing cluster of primary schools in Manchester.

Forest School enables children to explore, learn and play in a safe and supportive natural environment. It is a unique opportunity for children to develop teamwork skills, improve confidence and initiate their own learning outside of a classroom. Our vision is for a growing movement of primary schools across our region that are passionate about Forest School and the benefits it offers to learners.

Thanks to the support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we are able to offer four educational facilities in urban areas of Manchester free Forest School sessions for a whole calendar year. Within that time, we put in place the facilities, training and enthusiasm to make Forest School integral to what the school offers children.

Up to three staff from each school are trained as Level 3 Forest School Leaders, and our School Grounds team are available to develop outdoor classrooms, so that our schools can continue our Forest School legacy once the year has finished.

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The beginning of the project

In 2015 we began our players of People’s Postcode Lottery supported Forest School project by establishing a cluster of primary schools centred around our wonderful Moston Fairway Nature Reserve. This short video gives a fantastic flavour of the first year of this project.

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In 2016, we continued to support the schools that joined us in 2015 and took on another four schools in the area. Watch the video below to find out more. 

(c) Oropendola Productions

Every year the project has gone from strength to strength. Thanks to the amazing support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the project is having positive impacts on individuals, schools and communities in Manchester and Liverpool. So far...

Over 2000 children have experienced Forest School
68 teachers have trained as Forest School Leaders
X Outdoor classrooms have been installed
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A mother and daughter make clay spirits together at St Malachy's end of year Forest School celebration in 2017.  (c) Emma Ackerley

I was really pleased to see how successful the project has been. It's great that the local communities are now able to engage with nature.
Lucy Powell
Central Manchester MP

Changing children's lives

Bailey is just one of over 2000 children who have taken part in our project. Bailey's dad helped with the sessions so shared in his son's journey discovering the wildlife on his doorstep, both at Forest School and in their garden, where Bailey was able to take home and extend his learning and fun. “I like being outdoors with the nature and the worms and it makes me happy,” enthused Bailey. “Forest School is fun and you get to do things like you've never done before”.

Every child has their own story of discovering nature, feeling free and confident, and loving their Forest Schools experience. Discover Bailey's story and imagine how your children could benefit from our work in this short video. 

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Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery

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The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been working with players of People’s Postcode Lottery since March 2015 to bring Forest School outdoor education to inner city schoolchildren. People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery that emphasises supporting good causes in the heart of players’ communities, fitting perfectly with The Wildlife Trusts’ emphasis on protecting wildlife where our members live.

Read more about People’s Postcode Lottery and the ways in which players support The Wildlife Trusts and other good causes on the dedicated section of our website here [LINK].

National ambassador for the project, TV naturalist and Wildlife Trust’s vice-president Nick Baker, declared “The enthusiasm, sense of momentum, and community spirit has been overwhelming,” when he visited our Forest School supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery at Moston Fairway nature reserve in 2015.

I think Forest School has really helped my kids in school, they’re more confident, and it makes them more aware of the dangers that they weren’t aware of before, which is great.
We enjoy using the Forest School area and we actually made a hedgehog hotel recently as my daughter wanted to give something back to the forest.
Kerry Carrington
Parent

Find out more

For more information about our Forest Schools in Manchester supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery please email Assistant Communications Officer, Molly Toal at mtoal@lancswt.org.uk.

To discover more about Forest School and our services click here.

Explore our Liverpool Forest School project here.

To find out more about our School Grounds service click here.

Learn about People's Postcode Lottery and the amazing support players provide to The Wildlife Trust on the dedicated section of our website here [LINK].

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