Floods destroy forest school for children

Vicky Richardson, Chris King and Chris Gregory from The Children's Centre which runs the Forest School programme

Vicky Richardson, Chris King and Chris Gregory from The Children's Centre which runs the Forest School programme

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An outdoor children’s forest school in Laxey will have to be rebuilt after being destroyed by floods.

The Forest School in Laxey Glen was ruined by the island’s recent flash floods and will be out of use for at least the next three months.

Run by The Children’s Centre, the school aims to develop children’s confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in the forest.

Chris Gregory, play and playwork manager at The Children’s Centre, said the charity met the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture’s forestry board, who said the damage at the outdoor school meant the equipment would have to be removed and rebuilt.

As well as the forestry school, a children’s playground in the glen has also been damaged by the floods.

Chris said: ‘We take school groups there to make dens and rope swings and things like that, but unfortunately due to what has happened we can’t go there anymore.

‘We wanted to put something new there, so now we can build something which will be a bit more interesting – it’s going to be new and exciting for the children!’

The charity would like to build new timber climbing frames and have lots of loose outdoor nature equipment, which children can move around and use for activities.

In the meantime the forest school is being held at Silverdale Glen and the charity is welcoming help from anybody who would like to donate money or help with the rebuild.

Chris said: ‘I think in the island, or anywhere for that matter, children need to play outside and that is happening less and less. Children are missing out on their childhood by not being outdoors.’

If you would like to help with the forestry school project or find out more information email Chris at chrisgregory@thechildrenscentre.org.im

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