Author: Gareth

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World Environment Day

Friday 5 June 2020 is World Environment Day. If you’re interested in how the rest of the world is giving/finding Time For Nature take a look at the day’s official website for the global live schedule. There’s also loads of interesting activities, articles, quizzes and much more!

Key principles of play and their relevance to Forest School

I consider the work of a Forest School practicioner to be one that is very closely related to that of a playworker and should, ultimately, work to a similar set of underlying principles to do with play. When I was studying for my playwork qualification in 2007, I became very familiar with Play Wales’ Playwork…
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Forest School and Taking Risks

How Forest School promotes appropriate risk taking and how this impacts on learning and development Educational adventure writer Colin Mortlock spoke of ‘four broad stages … in any outdoor journey’ in his book The Adventure Alternative (1984). These, he says, are: Stage One: Play, Stage Two: Adventure, Stage Three: Frontier Adventure, Stage Four: Misadventure. He…
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Self-esteem and the outdoors

Self-esteem, self-worth, the actual-self and the ideal-self We each have a picture of ourselves that is created and defined by our thoughts, experiences and assessment of our own self-worth. This self-worth (or self-esteem) is produced when we reflect on our current position on life, perhaps along with our goals and achievements to date. We look…
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Practising some shelter building in May…

Some photographs from a recent shelter building practice in May.

Techniques for woodland management

My local woodland has had a variety of different management techniques applied historically as well as in more recent times. Coppicing, pollarding, habitat management and the protection of dead wood have been some of the more prominent techniques. Coppicing: this is a technique designed to take advantage of the tree’s natural ability to regenerate over…
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Vertical and horizontal structure of British woodland

A typical British woodland is made-up of various layers: canopy (top layer), shrub, field and ground (bottom layer). Canopy – this is created from the branches and leaves of the wood’s tallest and frequently the oldest trees. It acts as a home for a variety of tree dwelling animals such as birds and squirrels. Shrub…
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Involving learners in woodland management

What could the benefits to having regular access to nature be? Frequent opportunities for playing in the natural environment will help to promote a sense of ownership and responsibility, as well as an increased appreciation for nature and respect for its delicate equilibrium. Regular access to nature can help people to contemplate their own position…
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Knowing your flora and fauna

By understanding the natural space that a Forest School may occur in and the flora and fauna within, we can become more familiar with changes that occur seasonally as well as those that may be on a smaller scale. Recognising these changes helps to develop a deep understanding of nature, how its different parts are…
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