Local Heritage for Dartford Forest School
The Temple Hill Trust provided a series of nine Forest School programmes for children of primary school age in the Dartford and Gravesham area of Kent.
Each programme was for 12 weeks enabling the children to understand and enjoy the natural world within a safe woodland setting. Children were able to learn about bee keeping, natural dyes, tree preservation, plant and shrub identification and how to use the compass. Each session built on individual achievements and team co-operation incorporating verbal and non-verbal communication, dance, rhythm, movement and sound. Forest Schools positively promote self-awareness and self-confidence, giving the child space in which to explore their natural surroundings, to be in touch with themselves and others, leading to relaxation, vitality and a true sense of wellbeing.