Children from local primary schools have been taking part in a Saturday morning nature club run by local volunteers on what is soon to become Tewkesbury Nature Reserve.
Mark Stead, the Forest School leader, exclaimed: ‘It is really important that children are provided with opportunities to experience nature at first hand. Unfortunately, with our current health and safety culture and parents understandably concerned about the safety of their children, there are limited opportunities for children to get out and climb trees, build dens and learn about their environment in the same way we did when we were children. These sessions provide an opportunity for children to do these things in a safe and secure environment.’ The children have climbed trees, built dens and shelters, and handled frogs, toads and minibeasts among a host of other activities. They have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have learnt a great deal along the way.
A celebration session is to be held on the nature reserve on Saturday 23rd June, providing an opportunity to thank all of those who had contributed to the project whilst showing some of the activities the children had taken part in.
Mark is hoping to hold further sessions next Spring and Summer. If you think your child may be interested in taking part, please email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.