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St James City Farm

posted 5 Aug 2013, 00:45 by Google Google   [ updated 5 Aug 2013, 00:46 ]
Millbrook Academy is currently developing an interesting partnership between St. James City Farm and the Woodland Project.

The St. James City Farm Woodland Project grew out a desire to offer young people meaningful activities, in particular, encouraging positive behaviours within a community environment. This focus, along with the offer of Chamberlayne’s Wood an area of neglected woodland has developed into the Woodland Project. 

Lead by Ange Williams, an experienced Forest School Leader and Derek Brown a former Forest Ranger who has years of experience of working with young people in woodland environments.

Small groups of students are picked up from Millbrook Academy and taken to the site in Maisemore where kit is unloaded and taken down Spring Hill to the woodland. 

As you can see from recent photographs, the environment offers much in the way of freedom for students, although their time is managed carefully through relevant health and safety guidelines.

Students are instructed to use tools correctly and safely and to begin to understand the principles behind good woodland management.

Trust and respect – both for each other and the environment is also high on the agenda. 

This project is very physical with the additional benefit of naturally occurring teamwork and noticeably increased fitness of all those taking part – this is despite the camp-fire lunches of bacon sandwiches, baked beans, soup, hot chocolate and marshmallows!

Millbrook Academy students who have benefitted from the Woodland Project have all given positive feedback about the sessions they have attended, from the skills they have learnt to the importance of being able to work together effectively.