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Outdoor classroom created on Gentleshaw Common

An outdoor classroom has been created at Gentleshaw Common to help visitors learn more about the area.

Lichfield District Council has installed the facility as part of the Wild Learning project.

The outdoor classroom at Gentleshaw Common

The outdoor classroom at Gentleshaw Common

Funded by the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the classroom features a circle of log benches – made from timber harvested during the council’s conservation works – a teacher’s chair and a carved sign.

The project also included a series of environment education events, led by the Forest of Mercia Group. In all, more than 60 pupils from Gentleshaw Primary School and Boney Hay Primary School attended sessions in the outdoor classroom to find out more about the conservation work taking place, as well as why the plants, animal and habitats of Gentleshaw Common as so rare and endangered.

The outdoor classroom is now available to be used by local schools and groups for free, so they can hold their own sessions in the great outdoors.

The countryside team will also be using the facility to hold more environment education events, both with the public and other school groups.

Councillor Alan Whitesaid: “Being able to learn while outside surrounded by nature is a good way to get people interested in conservation work and wildlife. I hope local schools and groups take advantage of this handy resource.”

For more information about the outdoor classroom, contact Chris Walsh on 01543 308164.

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