Growth, Resilience & Outdoor Wellbeing
We're re-opening Forest and woodland sessions!
The Directors and forest school staff of Grow-Wellbeing Community Interest Company hope that you and your families have stayed safe and well through the Covid-19 pandemic. This has been a challenging time for all businesses, and we are no exception, as a we look to re-open for business and restart our regular sessions post-pandemic lockdown. We have been aware through the lockdown period how important the outdoors has become for so many people, walking in the park, gardening, listening to birdsong, and seeing lots of wildlife, really appreciating the natural world.
We wanted to ensure we were still here post-pandemic to provide more opportunities for children and young people, and their families, to engage and learn about how important nature is to our health and wellbeing (and the planet's!) However, we have had to review our pricing to reflect the additional costs of running our operations. We sincerely hope this won't discourage you from continuing to support our social enterprise, as you did before lockdown.
We are committed to maintaining the health and safety of all the children and adults attending our sessions and have followed government regulations and guidance and implemented the protective measures necessary to protect participants. Although Tam O’Shanter farm remains closed, we have now been given the go ahead (just today!) to provide sessions in the woodland, which we will do by keeping numbers limited and in manageable sized bubbles.
At this time, and in order to meet government guidance, we have put together a programme of activities just for August, requiring that parents book for a course of 4 sessions, so that we can maintain consistent bubble groups during the summer break for the protection of all participants. We have scheduled Wednesday and Saturday morning Kindergarten sessions, and Woodland Explorers on Saturdays, each of them running for four successive weeks. We have also, by popular request, introduced a Summer Bubble holiday Club running from 9.30am-3.30pm each Tuesday or Thursday for the next 4 weeks. Places are limited so we recommend booking early if you wish to secure your child's place.
In relation to prior bookings postponed due to lockdown, we will honour all outstanding sessions - please get in touch as soon as you can to book places in our August sessions.
You can view all available sessions here:
We hope to see you in the woods during the next few weeks!
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GROW-Wellbeing C.I.C. is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers creative, personally affirmative opportunities for children, young people and adults to engage in activities in the natural environment
Our mission is to support healthy communities, strongly connected to the natural environment.To achieve this, we deliver programmes aimed at building relationships between people, with a commitment to diversity and inter-generational co-operation, and the natural world.
Using forest learning, creative arts, storytelling, nature studies, outdoor adventures, games, play and eco-therapy, we aim to support the growth and development of resilient children and young people, committed to the future stewardship of the natural environment.