FSW South East Wales Gathering

Saturday 26th September

Blessed with a beautiful autumn day, participants really enjoyed using natural materials to design their own mini FS sites, at Fforest Fawr, near Cardiff as part of the CPD training on planning, developing and managing a Forest School site led by Rosie Carmichael.

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This interesting and practical training was particularly relevant to those of the group still to complete their Forest School Leader training and keen to get started. It was also very useful to those of us who have been running Forest School for some time because we are always looking for fresh ideas and new ways to maximise the potential of our sites. We discussed the logistics of constructing a compost toilet, suitable materials to facilitate free play and how to relate Forest School to people with learning difficulties.

There were 19 participants in all, drawn from various parts of Gwent, South Glamorgan, The Vale, (even Denbighshire!). Most were teachers or teaching assistants but the local Council and fire brigade were also represented. We were able to spend plenty of time chatting and networking around the fire, sharing home made vegetable soup provided by regional rep Louise Gladwyn who hosted the event.

There was a lot of discussion about how to source the raw materials necessary to support Forest School delivery in school grounds.
Louise agreed to look into how this might be co-ordinated for South East Wales.

Participants expressed an interest in attending a followup skillshare day, sometime before Christmas. Louise will be delighted to organise this ~ watch this space for more information!