Ealing Parks Foundation hosts Green Space Explorers
Twenty young people from two local Greenford schools had the opportunity to enjoy a special Green Space Explorers Forest School experience during the July holidays as part of EPFs remit to introduce and involve all parts of the community to engage more with their parks and green spaces, The week included four days for young people in years 4-6 who would not normally be able to have this kind of experience and a one day Forest School experience for young people with special needs.
A big thank you to John Lyon's Charity for funding the week;, to Coston Primary School and to Edward Betham School for working so closely with us; to Waitrose West Ealing for providing fresh fruit and snacks and delivering the lunch order each day; to the Felix Trust for providing fresh produce for the parents and carers of those attending and of course to Emma and Rebecca for leading the week. And to the youngsters for reminding us of how to have fun in a green space!
The Foundation was delighted to be able to provide this kind of experience for young people, it follows on a pilot scheme with HAF last year and it is hoped to significantly extend the scheme for young people across the Borough.
If you would like to see more of what the youngsters achieved please watch: https://youtu.be/68nCtH2HSfI
The location was Litten Nature Reserve, Greenford – close to the schools and a beautiful piece of woodland looked after by a Friends community group and used regularly by one of the forest schools.
The week was led by two highly qualified Forest school leaders Emma Woods (Be Wilder Education) and Rebecca Cargill (Blue Fox Forest School) - so many thanks to them!
During the week the self-selected (child led) activities included, but were not limited to:
Fire lighting, cooking over an open fire (west Indian dumplings, chocolate bananas, s’mores)
playing games, exploring, den building, climbing, bug hunting, candle making, embroidery ,soap carving, making leather key rings,
making sling shots, whittling, drilling, using knives ,
swinging, climbing trees, slack line, relaxing, swinging, socialising in hammocks,
being in nature, exploring nature, learning how to be mindful, independent, care for the environment, share, problem solve, be creative, making new friends