Age Groups

Growing Wild aims initially to work with young people between the ages of 4 and 18.

Safety

Whilst all the activities that take place have been risk assessed, the 'wild', and yet controlled, safe environment of the activities provided by Growing Wild Cornwall ensure that children taking part naturally learn to assess risk for themselves. They are encouraged to make sensible and informed decisions about how to deal with unfamiliar and unpredictable situations (such as exploring or climbing trees, using tools to build shelters and dens). Much of the learning for a child comes as a result of the opportunities they have for testing their own abilities in a real life context.

Testimonials

Feedback from Forest School Sessions at Robartes School

I just wanted to thank you on behalf of all our children and the whole school for all your efforts in connection with the forest school. The children have absolutely loved their time taking part in all the fantastic activities that you have organised for them. They have had over the course of the programme so many opportunities to try new things and develop new skills, it has certainly fired their imagination and developed their self-confidence also many new friendships have been forged amongst the group that took part. This has been a fantastic experience for all involved. Many thanks again for your application, professionalism and your enthusiasm in delivering an amazing experience for our children. - Mr. Derek Pinkerton, Teacher at Robartes ACE Academy

Daniel - I really liked making the kites and journey sticks and if I could do it again I would go to see the otters!

Corbin - I loved climbing trees and making journey sticks if  I could do it again I would watch the otters.

Daniel - I liked making the dens and the kites. if I could do it again I would like to try and find the otters.

Levi - I loved making journey stick because now I can walk with my uncle in the woods.   I also liked looking for birds.

Amy - I loved making the dens and outdoor cooking. I would love to do more games around the forest and look for more different birds with the binoculars.

Billie - I liked making dens, and cooking dough balls and making journey sticks. I would love to more games and I would like to see the deer that live in the woods.

Sophie - I liked cooking the marsh mallows and building dens, . I loved playing the hide and seek games. I would like to do some pond dipping to find some more frogs and tadpoles.

Verity - I really liked making the dens and searching for frogs. I would like to do some pond dipping and see some deer if we can do some more forests schools.

Laura - I liked  toasting the marsh mallows and playing hide and seek. I loved making the journey sticks.

Cody - I loved learning the knots and making the dens.

Cayenne - I liked making the Journey sticks and climbing trees and playing hide and seek. I also liked finding frogs and I would like to go pond dipping.

Cody - I liked cooking dough balls and making dens. I also liked finding the minibeasts.

Feedback from Reception at St Breock School Taster Day

FS2 were extremely lucky to have a day at Cotton Woods organised and led by Will Hutton of Growing Wild Cornwall. The day was amazing. Will had organised the entire day and all its activities ensuring that it all ran smoothly. Everything was very well organised and thought through, all resources were prepared and ready so that we had everything we needed. All activities were exciting and engaged and extended all levels and interest of all children. Will had very clear expectations of behaviour and safety guidelines and made sure all children and adults understood these when we first arrived at the forest. Every child gained something great from our day. The outdoor environment especially enabled the children who do not always show their potential in everyday classroom situations a chance to shine. The day was very inspirational for all children and adults. We look forward to visiting again. - Carly Barker, Reception teacher St Breock.

Some Feedback from the Forest School Day at Treraven Wadebridge

"Thanks for the fantastic morning we spent with Growing Wild Cornwall. It was extremely well organised and my daughter had a great time learning how to start a campfire safely and how to tie all sorts of knots; she’s already tried some out since. All in all an amazing first experience and one we’ll definitely be repeating." - Zoe (parent)

"We had a great day at the forest school. My daughters really enjoyed learning how to start a fire and understanding how to be safe when doing so. My eldest daughter really loved the den building; it was lovely how the children worked together." - Helen (parent)

"Forest school was really fun, I enjoyed all of it! My favourite part was the fire starting. I would love to do it again!" - Emma (age 9)

"I really enjoyed the forest school day because I learnt loads of new things and I learnt about making fires, so forest school was really great." - Evie (age 9)

"I love forest school, the knots were the best. I want to go everyday!" - Jackson (aged 7)

"I absolutely loved it; it was so fun I would love to do it again!" - Maisy (aged 9)

"We came and spent the day at the forest school run by Growing Wild Cornwall. Both my children had a wonderful time and learnt a variety of skills. They both enjoyed it so much that they did not want to leave at the end of the day! I found the teacher to be interesting, informative and very good with the kids and we are all looking forward to doing some more sessions." - Caroline (parent)

"Great fun to be outside doing interesting things, rather than inside doing nothing. I would recommend this to my friends." - Jude (aged 11)