St Mary's Forest School Eco Project

by Sheridan Hendzel in Gloucester, England, United Kingdom

St Mary's Forest School Eco Project

Total raised £280

£10,000 target 18 days left
2% 7 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 31st July 2024 at 9:30pm

To build a Forest School Eco Hut with renewable energy and water harvesting to build confidence and enhance early years learning

by Sheridan Hendzel in Gloucester, England, United Kingdom

 donated match funding
Aviva Community Fund is providing live match funding

We at FOSM began focussing on the introduction of a forest school offering in 2023. With some funding we have installed a pond area for pond dipping and education on biodiversity and the surrounding habitat. We have since incorporated a new shed and log store, an aggregate-based fire pit area with new benches, several new planters and 75m of new fencing and gates. We have installed additional features such as a bathouse, hedgehog house, bird feeders, bug hotels.

Over the summer we will be treating and painting areas and adding some more educational play equipment.

Our final planned phase and to conclude the EPIC VISION, we need your help to raise vital funds. We want to build a large Eco Hut (Think of an open-windowed camping lodge) with a living roof or solar panelling and wind turbine connected to an energy monitor station allowing the pupils to monitor renewable energy production and usage and the benefits of this. We want to add water irrigation and water harvesting to educate on saving water and efficient water use.

The Eco Hut will not only provide shelter and insulation allowing year-round education and play at Forest School but will provide a calming sanctuary for pupils and visitors with sensory needs and therefore, an inclusive environment in which to overcome challenges and reduce isolation among young children. 

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