Local Councils Partnership
The Wildlife Trust partnership has
involved the Trust working in partnership with Coventry City
Council, Solihull Metropolitan Council, and Warwickshire County
Council with funding of £321,500.00 from the Heritage Lottery Fund
to develop Forest School across the three areas.
Each council has also contributed funds
towards the development of Forest School provision on a local
level; this funding has contributed towards the three local
coordinators who have been supporting and helping students to
develop their School grounds and complete their Forest School
The Wildlife Trust has also been
developing its level 3 Open College Network Forest School leader
training course; this has meant that over 100 teachers, teaching
assistants and nursery nurses have now received local Forest School
leader training delivered by three local Co-ordinators.
Now more children in the West Midlands can
take advantage of an alternative learning experience in the
The main focus for the co-ordinators has
been to provide Forest School Leadership training for teachers and
practical support in setting up projects, so schools can benefit
directly from this new exciting scheme on a long-term basis.
Phil Dickin, Director of people &
Wildlife at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust commented, "This is a
fantastic opportunity for the Wildlife Trust and partners to offer
a programme that will encourage young people into woodlands learn
new skills gain an understanding of the countryside and help in
their health and wellbeing."
Anne Jenkins, Heritage Lottery Fund
regional manager for the West Midlands, commented; "If we are to
protect the Earth and our future, we need to equip today's students
to be tomorrow's environmental stewards. They need a deeper
understanding of the relationship between our society and the
environment itself, and Forest Schools will do exactly this".