Research has shown that 82% of teachers would like to participate in outdoor learning. To enable this Forestry Commission England’s learning team has developed an Early Years Teacher’s Pack. This free online resource is made up of a series of programmes linked to the Early Years and Key Stage 1 curricula and is filled with activities to familiarise children with the forest in a fun and engaging way. There are also fun Gruffalo-themed forest activities for children to do with their families at home.
To drive forward the development of high-quality and innovative artworks in England’s national woods and forests, Forestry Commission England has appointed Hayley Skipper as their new National Arts Development Programme Manager.
On 11 July, 2016, Arts Council England and Forestry Commission England will sign a new four year partnership to expand and extend the reach of high quality, innovative artworks in England’s Forests.
The delicate task of ringing at least 10 young ospreys of Kielder Water and Forest Park is underway, carried out by experts from the Forestry Commission. This important task helps the team at the Kielder Osprey Project to monitor the birds’ progress and is helping keep track of the recovery of ospreys in England.
The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is hosting a whole new summer event series for 2016 to keep all ages entertained throughout the holidays.