Educational visits will be available in the future for some schools and college groups to visit the farm. The countryside offers an invaluable teaching resource. A visit can be used to teach all aspects of the curriculum through learning about farming and the countryside.
We have recently received accreditation under the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS).
Forest school and Woodland walks – Outdoor activities with adults with learning disabilities using the Forest School model
Achieving the 5 steps to well-being, as developed by the Forest of Avon Trust who have worked extensively with learning disabled adults using the forest school model
- Connect: Spending time as a group in the woods helps people to connect with each other through activities, games and shared experiences in nature. Activities, such as blindfolded ‘meet a tree’, encourage people to work together, trusting and caring for each other.
- Be Active: Both the activities and the woodland environment encourage a high level of physical activity and increased physical confidence.
- Take Notice: The woodland setting provides rich sensory experiences and frequently prompts individuals to comment on and discuss what is around them. Over a period of time groups get drawn into and stimulated by the ever changing environment.
- Keep Learning: The range of activities on offer provide new opportunities to learn about the natural environment and gain practical skills. Fires are a key activity for many groups providing a way to become more safety aware, improve fine motor skills and work as a group. Participants often get a strong sense of personal achievement from learning to light a fire using novel methods.
- Give: A key objective of this work is to connect groups and individuals to local woodlands and to help to improve it for the benefit of people and wildlife. Some of the programmes have used the John Muir Award scheme to develop this aspect of work and participants receive certificates to recognise their achievements.
Visit the Forest of Avon Trust’s website to view a full summary of their work.