The Learning Tree is a holistic and therapeutic outdoor learning project based on the Urb Farm in Wolverton. Anchored on the principles of Forest School we provide nature-based education and play for children of all ages and abilities. We would like the children of our community to be able to experience a different view of life by building a traditional tipi in the woodland at the farm. Not only will this provide a sheltered outdoor classroom it will offer children the chance to experience how many people across the world live – not separate from nature but in harmony with it. The "Learning Tree" sessions involve cooking on campfires, using saws and drills to create nature-based crafts, building dens, identifying trees and creatures, and exploring the amazing things that nature has to offer. We would also like to install a secure lock-up container which will enable us to safely store the many resources and equipment used for "the Learning Tree".
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We allow people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to come to the farm and enjoy exploring the great outdoors. Our current regular "Learning Tree" sessions involve: children aged 6 months to 14 years old; young people aged 15-25, some with severe learning difficulties, some no longer in the mainstream school system or at risk of exclusion; home educated children; local youth groups and uniformed organisations and numerous visitors at our regular community events.
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About the space
The Urb Farm, a 2.5 acre site in residential Wolverton. The farm is home to Growing People, a horticultural social enterprise working with young people. The farm includes bee hives for honey bees, chicken and ducks, woodland, ponds, greenhouses and polytunnels and outdoor growing space.
Milton Keynes Council
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