To begin promoting The Crown Estate's new Forests for the future education pack, we visited the Bryanston estate in Dorset on tuesday the 29th November, where the forests are managed from Dunster, and invited 32 children from local schools to join us for a day of forest fun.
Working with George and Maggie Yeomans of Mountain and Bushcraft ways (http://www.guidingonskye.co.uk/) the children built shelters from natural materials, learnt about fire lighting and discovered the importance of trees in toaday's world by playing a number of activities in the pack.
The day was a great success, and provides a template for other events that will follow in the new year- to accompany the offical launch of the resources pack and soon to be completed forests for the future website. The pack is designed to provide teachers with ideas and resources to help teach pupils about trees, wood and the value that they provide to us. Further details on where to obtain a forests for the future pack will follow shortly.