Forest Child at My Wild Dame Emily Park

by Yvette McLoughlin in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Forest Child at My Wild Dame Emily Park
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On 12th April 2022 we successfully raised £571 with 12 supporters in 42 days

I want to expand the Forest School toddler drop in at Dame Emily Park. Local families in high rise flats struggle to access outside spaces.

by Yvette McLoughlin in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

My Wild Dame Emily Park was set up three years ago by Dame Emily Park  volunteers and Forest Child, a Community Interest Company. We were all passionate about providing free accessible forest school sessions to families in South Bristol. We have fund raised to keep these sessions free and inclusive but now would like to expand our reach to more families from minority communities. High rise flats border the park and families living here have limited access to the outdoors. We would like to raise this money so we can translate leaflets into minority languages and start publicizing these sessions to families in our local area. We would also like to employ a bi lingual sessional worker so we can increase capacity. At the moment we run two sessions a day and reach 8 families per session meaning that more than 30 mums, dads, carers and children experience a free forest school session every week. During these sessions we look for bugs, make leaf people, find birds,make wind tells, forest school hats, construct land art caterpillars, make Stickmen, and have lots of fun. We also  explore our local community garden taking part in community led initiatives such as 'Veg on the Edge' and watch our sunflowers that we grow from seed get very, very tall. Feedback from those who participate is incredibly positive with families quoting well being, access to nature, learning to respect and develop a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world and making local community  connections as central issues. 

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