Love Trees, Love Wood is a summer campaign to raise awareness of and support the development of Forest Schools within the UK. The Forest School Association (FSA) have joined forces with the Sylva Foundation to do a joint crowd-sourcing fundraising campaign.
Forest School trainer, Aline Hill explains…
“The campaign aims to extend quality Forest School provision for children, particularly in urban areas, by raising funds towards flexible, needs-based support for developing Forest Schools over the next two years. We already have funding in place for a dedicated support officer for local FSA groups.
Our new FSA/Sylva crowd-sourcing fundraising site is now live and needs any help you can give in sharing it and maybe even giving a little if you feel able. The campaign is supported by a great wee film featuring our patron Tim Gill endorsing forest school’s way of nurturing children’s innate love of nature and natural spaces to draw out well being, curiosity and deep level embrace of sustainability . . . oh, and it has some great flybys from a young FS group 🙂”
Other FSA initiatives
The FSA are also launching a map-search and database of FSA verified qualified practitioners to help support the principle that FS is run by qualified Level 3 practitioners, whilst giving a clear message that FS qualification is absolutely not necessary to take children outside!
Perhaps you are involved in running Forest School sessions. Perhaps you are a parent whose children have benefited. Perhaps your class has been attending Forest School sessions. Maybe you are a teacher looking for an opportunity to access Forest School training. Or maybe like me you just know that this approach to learning is such a positive experience for children that a concerted national approach and effort is needed.
So please share, RT, donate and visit a wood near you this summer. Thank you very much.