School branches out with a woodland open day

Abbey Lane Primary school have opened their new outdoor woodland classroom...Pictured is City Council Forrester Ed Thatcher with pupils LtoR. Max Fletcher,Gianna Fletcher,Tom Bentley,Jake Martin
Abbey Lane Primary school have opened their new outdoor woodland classroom...Pictured is City Council Forrester Ed Thatcher with pupils LtoR. Max Fletcher,Gianna Fletcher,Tom Bentley,Jake Martin
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A SHEFFIELD primary school held a woodland open day this week to mark the transformation of a wilderness of trees and brambles into an outdoor classroom.

Tireless fundraising by the group, the Parents of Abbey Lane School, paved the way for the project, which was viewed in the best of spring weather on Tuesday.

Abbey Lane Primary school have opened their new outdoor woodland classroom...Pictured are pupils top to bottom Grace Oldfield,Eve Fletcher,Molly Kirby with their new class mate named 'Ozzie Owl'

Abbey Lane Primary school have opened their new outdoor woodland classroom...Pictured are pupils top to bottom Grace Oldfield,Eve Fletcher,Molly Kirby with their new class mate named 'Ozzie Owl'

Class teacher and environment co-ordinator Anita McKay said outdoor learning was important in the development of children. “Planting trees and bulbs, clearing litter and caring generally for the woodland teaches our children respect for their environment, and themselves, and has a positive impact on behaviour and well-being.”

The project had been carried out thanks to many different people with different skills, she said, including Bill Smyllie, of the Friends of Ecclesall Woods, woodland officer John Gilpin, HSBC volunteers co-ordinated by Abi Sawyer, Gerry Gunton, of the trees and woodland department, and forester Ed Thatcher.