Now is the time of year that we need to prepare our Forest School for the seasons to come. Showing the children how we can make our site sustainable and realising their own environmental impact is an important aspect of our Forest School. We spent the afternoon collecting leaves for mulching, repairing and turning over the composters and cutting back nettles and brambles that have thrived over the summer months. The last of the fruit was picked and soon we will start clearing the raised beds to give the soil time to recover.
Just as our own bodies need time to recover after hard work, so nature needs time to replenish too. We can manage this by rotating areas of use and understanding how we can use the plants and trees in ways that don’t cause damage. We even enter the site from a different route as often as possible so we don’t create ground wear. Constant observation of the environment is key and allows us to protect our living world.
Principle 2: Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
Article 24 – We all have a right to live in a clean environment.