More outdoor play for children in Central Scotland

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6 MARCH 2015NEWS RELEASE No: 16482

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More children across Central Scotland are set to benefit from additional opportunities for outdoor learning and natural play after Forestry Commission Scotland and children and young people’s charity PEEK, teamed up for joint training in Bishop Loch, Easterhouse.

The two-day training brought community rangers from the Commission and play rangers from PEEK together to share skills and gain a better understanding of each organisation’s role in encouraging children to take part in natural play outdoors.

The Commission led training aimed to equip rangers with the knowledge, understanding and skills to support children to play outdoors in woodland and green space and included risk assessment in nature, as well as activities like den building and fire lighting activities.

PEEK’s training focused on a child-led approach to outdoor play using their immediate outdoor environment, including concrete streets and built-up residential areas.  PEEK encourages children to play outdoors using their immediate environment and imagination for activities, including hide-and-seek and raft building using plastic bottles, twigs, string and puddles. 

Stuart Chalmers, District Forester, Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“This exciting learning opportunity allowed our community rangers and PEEK’s play rangers to share valuable knowledge and develop practical skills to encourage children to play outdoors, which will benefit children in communities across Central Scotland.”

Michaela Munroe, Play Development Manager, PEEK said:

“We are delighted to collaborate with Forestry Commission Scotland as we share synergy in our missions and vision for outdoor learning and natural play.”
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1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate

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3. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.