Forest School at Longlands Lake

31st January 2022 - General Catchment

Children from Cleator Moor and Frizington are having fun outdoors while learning about the environment at our Forest School sessions down at Longlands Lake.

As part of our People on the Keekle Project, funded by Sellafield Ltd we are delivering six Forest School sessions to every child from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary, Cleator Moor and St Joseph’s Primary, Frizington, in a newly created area in the woods at Longlands Lake. We are also delivering Forest School to a group of 8 students with special educational needs from St Benedict’s Catholic High School for the whole of this academic year. In total that’s 330 learners experiencing Forest School in 2021/22!

Forest School sessions support exploration and discovery, helping youngsters take the lead in their own learning with a range of resources and activities. These can include learning fire lighting skills, building a shelter, creating art using natural materials or discovering more about a particular plant or animal, and sessions are tailored to the interests of learners.

Children enjoying Forest School, despite the weather

Lisa Bowden from St Benedict’s said “We all absolutely loved coming to Forest School in 2021, our kids have become more resilient and relaxed, and this translates into their schoolwork. This has been an amazing opportunity and we are all excited about returning in 2022.”

West Cumbria Rivers Trust would like to thank Sellafield Ltd, the learners and teachers, and Emma Jenkinson from Catkin Forest School for making it all possible.

We hope to start delivering Forest School at Walkmill Community Woodland, Moresby Parks this year. If your school is interested please email Cathy@westcumbriariverstrust.org. Priority will be given to schools close to Walkmill Woodland.