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Education at Woodland Ways
Education for sustainable development through local action and global awareness
Our education work has an overall aim:
to provide education for sustainable living through local action and global citizenship.
It draws upon 4 years of first hand experience in school workshops
and growing our own community woodland.
Our aim is accompanied by 3 objectives:
To offer programmes to as diverse a range of people as possible
To combine both inspirational and pragmatic elements in all our work
To define education in life-long terms
We aspire to achieve our objectives in two ways:
Our work is a combination of 'hands clean' and 'hands dirty' activities.
We are also committed to professional development within our own team of trustees and other volunteers and regularly make available training opportunities to develop our own skills.
Progress so far
We have provided a programme of tree planting in winter followed by subsequent tree maintenance in summer, for four successive year-4 groups (60 children each year) at Sebert Wood Community Primary School. Each event consists of inside presentations, stories and interactive teaching sessions, followed by a walk to Natterer’s Wood for the children to plant or maintain young trees themselves. The earlier events were led by Green Light Trust with Woodland Ways making a small contribution. Woodland Ways’ confidence and experience has now increased and the latest events for the most recent year-group was entirely planned and run by Woodland Ways.
We have provided occasional public activities for people to learn about the wildlife within their own housing estate. Subjects have included bats and pond-dipping. We have provided public events for people to visit habitats elsewhere in Suffolk that they may not have experienced, including ancient woodland, species-rich hay meadow, and fen.
Our trustees and members have attended courses on invertebrate conservation and fund-raising, as well as Learning and Development days provided by Green Light Trust covering a range of relevant subjects.
We would like to expand the school programme to the other schools within reasonable walking distance of Natterer’s Wood, which are a new primary school opening soon (name not yet known), Moreton Hall Preparatory School, and The Priory special school. The current barrier to expansion is the workload of organising and running presentations; volunteer effort can only manage a programme of events with one school. We do not wish to break links with the current school so need to find other ways of reaching the other schools; using a group such as Green Light Trust (with a cost) would achieve this.
This policy was formed with the generous help and support of Green Light Trust.