SCHOOLS and colleges across the North West are being encouraged to swap indoor lessons for an outdoor learning experience at Delamere Forest.
The initiative has been developed by the Forestry Commission, which owns Cheshire’s largest woodland area, to take children into the natural world to help them learn more about the environment and its significance to everyday life.
Climate change, sustainability and ecology are three of the key topics covered by the programme, which works with all ages from preschool to university students as well as adults and families.
‘Lessons’ cover curriculum-based topics such as science and geography, as well as personal, social and health issues relating to the environment.
The Education and Learning programme aims to teach:
The role of trees, woods and forests in mitigating the effects of climate change.
The ecological and environmental benefits of trees and woodland.
How wood can be used as a sustainable material and energy provider.
All visits led by school staff are free, but ranger-led trips can be booked.
A Forestry Commission spokesman said: “Delamere Forest’s varied landform and species, including the flooded forest of Blakemere, are ideal for all kinds of outdoor learning.”
The park’s education ranger Catherine Welsby said: “First-hand experience of the natural world is the key to generating lifelong positive attitudes toward the environment.”