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Forest school pupils put high winds to good use with den

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

  • Children had a lot of fun in their den at St Winnow School.

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THE recent storms in Cornwall didn't stop the children at Naturally Learning's Lostwithiel nursery from enjoying their forest school.

The youngsters, aged 3 and 4, constructed a camp den in their nursery garden using old tyres, branches, water resistant fabric and the sturdy trees surrounding their setting in the grounds of St Winnow School.

"We do forest school activities every week which sometimes include climbing trees, looking for bugs, and listening to stories outdoors, said nursery manager Sophie Mansfield.

"February's high winds and bad weather meant trees and branches were blown down so the little ones wanted to make a new woodland den to play in. This little cosy camp is the result," she said.

With help from nursery practitioners Tom Richardson and Lena Fairs, the toddlers and pre-school children created a new shelter which was large enough to accommodate a whole group for a morning's forest school.

Naturally Learning has been at St Winnow School since it relocated to the setting last summer, and it has since seen numbers increase significantly.

"The local community has been so welcoming," said Mrs Mansfield.

"Everyone pulled together brilliantly earlier this month when trees blocked the road into the school. The parents have been incredibly supportive and we've experienced real growth in numbers of children registered with us, from the babies' room to the pre-school."

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