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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We are delighted to share with you a picture of our gorgeous new tipi which was built on the farm on Thursday last week!! We're sure you'll agree that it is truly stunning and Lisa (The Learning Tree Coordinator) has already furnished the inside with log benches, a fire pit, and lots of natural crafts that have been made by visitors over the years. We've also been drinking tea made with water boiled over the fire! We are over the moon to have such a lovely new addition to the farm and we can't wait for you to come and visit. Thank you so much once again for believing in us and supporting us with our campaign. As you know, we couldn't have done it without you and we are forever grateful for the opportunity you have given us, and the thousands of people that come and visit us each year! Thank you thank you thank you!
Good afternoon one and all! We are DELIGHTED to tell you that following a few last minute donations, we have at last reached our crowdfunding target and thanks to your generous donations together we have raised more than £4500!!! This means that we will very soon be opening the doors to a beautiful handmade tipi right here at the Urb Farm! Our video was shared nearly 200 times, was seen by more than 18,000 people (!!), and in the end we had donations from literally hundreds of people from across the world. Once again we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for believing in us, for donating, for spreading the word and for checking in with us along the way. We really and truly couldn't have done it without you and we are so excited at the opportunities that this new project will bring. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on this exciting new chapter at the Urb Farm, and THANK YOU once again for being involved with our work, in whatever way you are.