We know from research that children learn better in a natural environment, and this is especially so for children with learning difficulties. At the start of the project, there was no educational material on nature-based skill development across these three countries. The aim of this project was to utilise welcoming, eco-friendly outdoor settings for children with learning disabilities, and through an exchange of practises, developing innovative methods for outdoor learning.
Partner schools in the Mersey Forest included Green Lane Community Special School, Warrington and Bluebell Park School, Kirkby. The team also worked alongside other partners including Bos+, The Institute for Forest Pedagogy, GOZDIZ - Department of Forest Ecology, Ljubo Sercer Elementary School and Os Jela Kanezica in Slovenia and MPI Heemschool, Brussles and The Royal Orthopedagogisch Centre in Belgium.
The Mersey Forest Team have supported the two UK partner schools in delivering Forest Schools, helped to develop and test a Green Learning Toolbox and monitor its impact helping to identify best practice.
The Green Learning Environment project lasted from September 2016 until December 2018.