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14th Jun, 2021

BBC Countryfile presenter opens Winterfold's new Forest School

A NEW outdoor learning environment at Winterfold School has officially opened for pupils to enjoy.

The ribbon was cut by BBC and Countryfile presenter Michael Collie whose four daughters attended the school.

The ‘Forest School’, funded by Friends of Winterfold, has an outdoor classroom, fire pit, bird hide, pond and a tool shed.

There will be sections for each year group, from nursery through to year eight, with plans to plant a herb garden, vegetable patch and an orchard.

Mr Collie said: “It’s brilliant to see the children enjoying nature and the environment.

“They’ve showed me what they can do with mud and trust me, there’s a lot of it.

“I love the fact that an old bomb crater, which has been covered in undergrowth for years, has now been re-discovered and turned into a fantastic natural water environment, for plants, animals and pupils to enjoy.

“This sums up what Winterfold is all about – letting children have fun while taking risks, within reason.”

Winterfold headmistress Denise Toms said the Forest School is an ‘outstanding facility’ for young pupils to explore.

“We aim to motivate, inspire and give our children a positive outdoor experience.”

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