A Day To Build A Forest School
In early November Nicholsons was approached by the staff of Rose Hill primary school to build a forest school on their grounds.
We couldn’t resist the challenge! With an initial concept provided by Emma Hood, the outdoor learning co-ordinator at Rose Hill Primary School, the project quickly took off and together with Rose Hill Primary School and the Berkeley Reafforestation Trust our early plans plan had progressed from a simple sketch on paper to a large list of plants and sundries that needed purchasing!
In the run up to the big day our teams sourced everything we needed for project from logs for the play area to the fire pit seating. Donations for rocks and pond equipment were gratefully received and hundreds of plants picked by our nursery team.
And so on to the day …
Sixty Nicholsons employees turned up armed with garden spades and plants, exceptionally grateful to be greeted by a dry day with sunny skies! Whilst most of the team started the creation of the forest school, a smaller group headed inside the school to spend time with some very excited children! Each classroom was then visited by a member of Nicholsons who talked with them about the lifecycle of trees and their importance to everyday life. What a privilege and really lovely to see such an enthusiastic response.
All in all, everyone worked incredibly hard to achieve a great deal in a small amount time. Within four hours the team had completed everything from erecting a fence to planting 160 metres of bare root hedging and an orchard and installing a wildlife pond and willow arch. Only the fencing took the remainder of the day to complete.
We left pretty satisfied that we had done a little bit to make a difference to those attending this primary school.
Nicholsons would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with helping to bring the project to realisation. Special thanks goes to the Berkeley Reafforestation Trust for providing the grant for the plants; to KJN for the donation of machinery and operators; to Stone World for donating boulders for the play area; to World of Water for donating a pond liner for the wildlife area; and to Taplins Plant Hire for donating welfare facilities for the staff.