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We’re bringing you some good news!
In a previous blog we were delighted to tell you all about our sponsoring of a great initiative at Highams Park lake: HIGHAMS PARK LAKE FOREST SCHOOL run by Tinder Sticks… A series of activities designed to encourage young ones to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on experiences in a natural setting. What that means is: Tree climbing, den making, hammock swinging, playing with mud, playing with sticks and holding bugs – connecting children with nature and binding the Forest into their hearts and minds, creating future Forest guardians.
We’re delighted to say the programme of events has been a huge success.
NEW HOLIDAY CLUB
In fact, it’s been such a success that the classes are going to be extended into a summer Holiday Club. Parents will be able to drop their children off for a whole day of activities!
Two of our plucky McRae’s team joined an event this week and discovered how much the little ones were enjoying the messy play – and being in charge.
The activities, while supervised, are completely child-led. So, the youngsters decide what is going to happen. See the pictures below…
We can report that our big kids from McRae’s were very impressed with what they saw and thoroughly enjoyed joining in to make mud cakes and ‘troll soup’… Not to mention playing in the dens. The children also got to sample different forest textures, making muddy footprints and paintings. Our team got their hands dirty too.
In addition, there will be free spaces in the Summer Holiday Club available for children whose families are registered to Highams Park Food Aid.
McRae’s provided the financial support to establish the Forest School with the City of London and bought uniform and kit to get it up and running.
The community café in the park, Humphrys, has been providing picnic lunch deals for all participants. With this support and partnership from local businesses it is definitely embedding the Forest School deep within our community.
Tinder Sticks strive to ensure their outdoor activities today have a positive impact on the future of UK woodlands.
The events offer a chance to get exploring, adventuring and playing in the woods with your little ones. It’s also a chance to discover and enjoy our special part of Epping Forest.
Set up by Tinder Sticks Community Interest Company (CIC), Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through play, exploration and supported risk taking.
Tinder Sticks CIC are a local social enterprise who have worked hard with support from Highams Park Planning Group to get the Forest School set up at Highams Park Lake and are looking forward to providing summer holiday activities for the whole family.
PLEASED TO PLAY OUR PART
“We are thrilled for the success of the Forest School. We always like to support community initiatives where we can,” says Craig McRae, Managing Director of McRae’s. “Seeing first-hand how much fun the children were having and how the environment of the forest and the lake can be used to such great effect was a delight for us all. This is a lovely example of local groups and businesses pulling together. We’re delighted to play our part in something that is now ongoing and a popular success.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB VISIT TINDERSTICKS.ORG.UK
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MORE FOREST SCHOOL IMAGES …