Project sees Lichfield students enjoy the great outdoors

A project in Lichfield has seen young people learning more about their woodland surroundings.

The Lichfield Forest School has recently completed a ten week programme with Queen’s Croft Community School and is close to completing a similar one with The Friary School.

Youngsters taking part in the Forest School programme

Youngsters taking part in the Forest School programme

The project, which is funded by Lichfield District Council, encourages youngsters to learn and explore the great outdoors.

Steve Neale, from The Friary School, said: “The project has been enjoyable and motivating for our pupils.

“They have engaged with the outdoors in a way that some have never had the opportunity to do before and have found real value in working together for a common aim.

“They have developed a genuine interest in nature and the chance to learn outside the classroom has been invaluable for them.”

The course sees young people taking part in achievable tasks designed to connect them with the environment around them.

Duncan Coleman, from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “A particular focus is put on Forest School being a flexible learning experience, with opportunities for people to learn from direct experience.

“This results in greater self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities, which can lead to better behaviour and academic performance at school.”

For more information on the scheme email d.coleman@staffs-wildlife.org.uk or call 01889 880106.

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