Bringing Children Closer to Nature - 2019
A survey called Bringing Children Closer to Nature ran in 2019 and was the first national online survey of Forest School and outdoor learning amongst educators and woodland owners. The report published in July 2019 provides much-needed evidence about the barriers and opportunities to establishing and sustaining Forest Schools in particular, also a snapshot of outdoor learning activities in schools, and lastly recommendations for taking action to bring more children closer to nature.
Over the next two years, pilot projects will be developed using the results of the survey, and tested in selected counties such as Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. These pilot projects will be evaluated to assess how far they have overcome barriers to establishing and sustaining Forest Schools.
The Ernest Cook Trust will also use the survey results to inform their grants programme with the aim of sustaining Forest School programmes and outdoor learning activities in woodlands. The survey results will give The Forest School Association evidence to help them achieve their aim of high quality Forest School for All.
To achieve and sustain the national strategic ambitions of the Forest Schools for All project we will invite public, private and charitable organisations, and individual stakeholders, to share in this exciting vision.