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New Forest School area set for Southport school

01 October 2014

School children at a Southport school are set to create an outdoor learning area in their school grounds this winter.


A woodland is in the process of being planted at Churchtown Primary School, Southport, by pupils and members of The Mersey Forest team, who are coordinating the project.


Around 300 trees will be planted, to join a further hundred which were planted last season. A wildlife area comprising of habitat piles, logs and fruit trees will also be extended as part of the project.


It is hoped that once the area matures, it will be used for Forest School sessions, which help children reconnect with nature as well as building skills, confidence and knowledge about the environment.


Joe Cocks at Churchtown Primary School said: "The children are all very excited to help plant the trees and transform the landscape of the school grounds. As the trees grow, the children will grow too, giving us a unique opportunity to teach children about the importance of woodland habitats and the environment."


Jo Sayers, Community Development at The Mersey Forest, said: "The Mersey Forest has been helping schools to create outdoor learning spaces for over 20 years, and we're very happy to be helping Churchtown Primary School to develop theirs this winter.


The woodland project is being funded by the National Big Tree Plant Campaign and the Woodland Trust, as part of The Mersey Forest with additional support through the ForeSTClim Project, European Regional Development Funding through Interreg IVB.

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