What we do
OUTDOOR WOODLAND BASED PLAY, LEARNING, CREATING AND FOREST SCHOOL
We currently provide the space for Forest School sessions for a local school in our woodland.
Our facilitators deliver Forest School programmes at two further local schools.
Forest School is an inspirational process, (not a place) that offers ALL learners young and old, regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands- on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
We run after school clubs for local schools.
We have a weekly parent and child 'Stay and Play' group.
We run Holiday Clubs throughout the year.
We currently don't run a specific group for older children and teenagers, but we do welcome older children and teenagers to come and join us to help support and facilitate our sessions throughout the year.
We are collaborating with 'The Good Company People' to utilise the woodland as a setting to provide good company for people locally who may be living with dementia or are socially isolated.
We share the woodland space, for other facilitators to host workshops and groups.
If you are local and are interested in utilising the space or our practitioners to facilitate a Forest School program or other woodland based sessions, then please get in touch:
TREADING LIGHTLY ON THE LAND
We manage and support the Sawpit Woods woodland space alongside and in collaboration with the wider farm woodland management plan.
As this generations guardians of the woodland, we want our use and impact on the land to be ecologically beneficial and sustainable.
We have started a 'Children's Forests' tree planting programme. With native trees from The Woodland Trust we are using the land for planting and nurturing trees with a vision for children to imagine, plant and tend forests for future generations, creating a sanctuary for the children of all species.
So if you are interested in getting involved, or have a passion or knowledge in the ecology and management of woodlands, we would love to hear from you.
WHAT WE OFFER
Sawpit woodland space is adjacent to the Forest Way Country Park, which we use to walk and occasionally cycle along, to the site with groups. The 291 Bus stops on the B2110, half a mile walk from the site. There is a small amount of parking to enable groups to arrive by car, mini bus, or coach to the farm. Then it is a short accessible walk to the woodland space.
In the deciduous woodland there is a shelter and a compost toilet. We have a range of tools, ropes, den building resources, trees, clay and lots of open ended loose parts resources at our fingertips.
We can facilitate Forest School sessions for local children, groups or schools in our woodland. If wanted, we can help with facilitating sessions here, or could come to your own school grounds to provide sessions if distance, transport, logistics is a challenge.
Please get in touch if you would like to find out more. We would be more than happy to discuss facilitating Forest School sessions or woodland exploring and creative learning sessions with you.
Risk, benefits, policies and procedures
We have policies and procedures to keep everybody safe in the woods. These are all in our Sawpit Woods CIC Handbook along with our vision, aims, and lots of other useful information about what we do in the woods and how we make it as safe and brilliant as it can be. These are updated annually.
The Risk Benefit Analysis is us considering the risk of undertaking an activity and then considering the benefits. This then becomes evidence for the reasoning of why we choose to play in the woods and how we can do this as safely as possible. We find that the activities we undertake provide such huge benefits for all participants, that we realise that we would be negligent if we did not give people the opportunity and play and therefore learn in the woods.... And that we would be silly not to allow ourselves to have a go...Really!