jax fireGrowing Wild Cornwall has recently been registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the main aims of helping develop healthy, confident and active young people in the natural environment, using many of the principles of Forest School.

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults opportunities to achieve through hands on learning in a woodland environment.

Growing Wild Cornwall will promote learning in the natural environment by providing opportunities for young people to enjoy and explore nature whilst developing their self confidence and esteem as well as their understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

A great deal of recent research has highlighted the limited amount of time children now spend outdoors compared with previous generations.  A recent study showed that children now spend on average 10 times as much time watching television or on a computer as they do playing outdoors. Other research by the RSPB. found that only 21 per cent of children are making a connection with the natural environment, this in spite of the clear benefits that activity in nature provides in terms of enjoyment, learning, health and well being.

Growing Wild Cornwall hopes to address these issues: to provide opportunities for children and young people, particularly those whose experiences are currently limited, to get outdoors and grow their confidence, learn about the natural environment, develop new skills and enjoy themselves. 

It will do this by providing  a  broad range of activities including fire building, outdoor cookery, nature awareness, tracking, den building, games, tool making and bush craft skills, which will be delivered by experienced teachers and Forest School leaders.

"The roaming distance that children play from their home has shrunk by 90% in 30 years with time spent playing outside down 50% in just one generation. At the same time study after study shows time spent outside in nature increases happiness, health and wellbeing in children (and adults too!)" - Project Wild Thing