Back in 2012 the pupils of Broadford Primary told us that they would like to use the Broadford Community Woodland to build dens, watch animals, put up bird houses, collect pine cones and much more. Keen to see the community forest support the needs and accommodate the desires of a wide cross section of the community, Broadford and Strath Community Company have been seeking the means to make the children’s wishes a reality.  The Directors of the Community Company are now pleased to announce an award of £32,500 from the Aspiring Communities Fund to explore the options for delivery and submit a funding application to develop a Forest School in the woodland.  Shirley Grant has been appointed as project officer to take the project forward, prepare the business plan and submit the funding application which, if successful, will allow a pilot Forest School to be established.

The forest school will provide outdoor learning and activities. The details on how these activities will be delivered will be decided over the next few months but they could include after school care or activities, young people’s nature clubs, an outdoor nursery, outdoor classroom sessions and/or school holiday activity days – or a mixture of all of those. Over the next two to three months, Shirley will be arranging a community meeting to allow the community to find out more about Forest Schools and to gather views from parents and children on how they would like to see the forest school function. All community members are encouraged to engage with this short consultation and contribute their ideas to the project.

You can contact Shirley to discuss the forest school at:

shirley@broadfordandstrath.org

or

0789 665 8490.

This project is funded through Aspiring Communities Fund with support from European Social Fund.