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Whinlatter Forest Park has been awarded a national Quality Badge in recognition of the high standards of the environmental education provided there.
The Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, which is only given where safe and quality teaching takes place in an outside environment, has been given to the dedicated team at Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick, in the Lake District, following a recent two-day assessment.
“We are delighted to get this award, and it comes following a tremendous amount of hard work by the education team in recent years,” said Nathan Fox, Forestry Commission Ranger at Whinlatter.
Rangers at Whinlatter work with children, young people and members of the public, and offera wide range of learning opportunities in the forest, such as shelter building, exploring habitats and involving them in oak woodland.
“We want to give people of all ages the experience of engaging with the forest,” said Mr Fox. “And give them an opportunity to learn in such an inspiring environment.”
Whinlatter is the first Forestry Commission centre in the North West, and the fourth nationally, to have been given the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.
For more information please go to www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland or contact Nathan Fox on 017687 78611.
Ian Boydon or Paul Gardner at Osprey Communications on 01524 782086.
NOTES TO EDITOR
1. The Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge provides for the first time a national accreditation combining the essential elements of provision – learning and safety – into one easily recognisable and trusted Quality Badge for all types of Learning Outside the Classroom provider organisations.
2. The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain, with responsibility for more than one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. The North West England Forest District covers the Lake District in Cumbria, the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The forests are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber.