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 Forest Schoolers at Centenary Woods



Sam travelled from Halifax, arising at 4.30 am, the others came from Brum and gathered at Centenary Woods to talk and practice Forest School. 6th September 2014.

It's always interesting to meet new Forest School practitioners, the enthusiasm is infectious and satisfying to us 'old boys' and girls, as they absorb the finest detail regarding their newly acquired skills, keen to position the billhook the correct way or carry the loppers the FS way.

One tends to get a bit blasė after a while, slightly tired of the minute details involved in describing a bowsaw - "this is a bowsaw, this is the blade, this is the handle.........blah blah". But how arrogant of me, this tried and tested method ensures that children as young as 5, or less, can be taught to use tools, such as lopper and bowsaw, correctly, safely and methodically thus enabling them to approach the world at an early age with acquired skills, knowledge and confidence - enough on Forest Schools, check it out -www.forestschoolsbirmingham.com



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