When the going gets tough (dealing with damage to your FS base)

Big thanks to Forest School Practitioner Jane Thompson for sharing her experience and hopefully inspiring other new FS Practitioners encountering similar circumstances.

Jane and the pupils have done a fantastic job of setting up a Forest School base just outside the school grounds in woodland open to all. It was clear the site was being used in the evenings now that it included seating and other features which was great until the site was damaged and unusable. The site received some minor damage in the very early days and Jane soon discovered the culprits weren’t aware that stripping bark of a tree could kill it so it was decided some communication might be useful in getting to the bottom of what had happened this time. Jane put some signs up and was amazed to find the  site looking better than ever a very short time later…..

‘It was initially devastating to find the site in such a state, but the negativity of that was soon turned into a truly positive experience when I realised how much it means to so many members of our community!  The younger children who regularly visit the woodland with their grown ups, for picnics and to play on the equipment were genuinely distraught to find that everything had been removed, and many of them were very willing to help to restore it!’



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