Kenmore Community Learning Woodland

Our Health Group this week continue to grapple with the research and development of the Kenmore Community Learning Woodland. This is our first post on this so a brief introduction to the project is included in italics below.

The Kenmore Community Learning Woodland is intended to be a beautiful, creative space that is accessible for community members of all ages to engage in learning and sharing a natural experience. The development of the area is hoped to build a sense of place and belonging in the community and to involve all in experiencing the benefits of well delivered outdoor learning opportunities.
It will be a space that is usable and sustainable, showcasing learning and participation. Wildlife areas, workbenches for outdoor science and art lessons, music areas and woodworking using pole-lathes and  forest school tools, will bring learning and collaboration outside. An outdoor classroom, realised as a raised yurt, will invite small groups to talk, share and learn together, in a warm, dry and convivial atmosphere. There will be a community allotment where children can work alongside all members and ages of the community to learn skills, nurture produce and develop enterprise projects.
At a wider community level, the space will be aimed at supporting younger children and families to explore and engage with nature, be available as a venue for local groups to meet and share traditional skills and crafts, and be a haven for family and friends to come together to enjoy the natural beauty of our local area.

This week Kenmore’s Health Group have been working on:
Scaled down map and model making of the site, adding in details on the outdoor classroom, storage spaces, allotments, polytunnel, workspaces and activity/play equipment.
Research and spreadsheet analysis into costings of equipment and buildings, as well as designing mood boards of the different elements of the site.
Working on design and display materials for recording our project’s development both within the school and for community engagement outside (including regular posts and tweets!).

We also had a visit last week from one of our parents (a trained forest designer) – great input that looked at the site and talked through the need for more investigation into the structure of the woodland (more [diversified] planting needed, a more careful consideration into the limited evidence of woodland layers, an analysis of trees for type and safety). The visit highlighted a need to look at the design more closely. Initial thoughts are towards a good tree survey of the site (as well as a safety survey) and gathering of seeds to plant up new trees across our classes.

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