Our school is right next to the wood. It is an area of mature native trees and flowers, but it is in danger of being destroyed by neglect!
We are asking you to sign this petition to help us to take the wood into school and create a Forest School facility for our children and our community. If we can get 1500 signatures, then the council will hear our petition.
This means we would be able to train staff as Forest Rangers and run outdoor activities for our children as part of our everyday curriculum; children could take part in real-life reading ‘bear hunts’, teddy bear’s picnics, storytelling, orienteering, maths, scientific and geological investigations, fire lighting and shelter building, problem solving and team building, to name but a few.
It would provide a regular connection with the outdoors in a safe environment and would save parents/carers money, as we currently have to make trips to areas such as Cannock Chase to undertake these types of activity.
Longer term, we would be able to make the area available for forest activities for our local Brownies, Guides and Scouts groups, as well as other schools. We could also invite staff from Bryntysilio to come to us.
This petition supports the gifting of the site to Radleys Primary School to secure the site for the future and to provide outstanding learning opportunities to promote both curriculum learning, and health and wellbeing, by connecting our children with the natural world on a daily basis.
Our main concerns for the wood are:
1. There is a good chance the woodland will be destroyed by fire, as there have been a number of these recently
2. Fly tipping is getting worse – hundreds of free newspapers, human waste, dog mess and nappies are regularly dumped
3. The woodland is being damaged by illegal motor bike dirt track trails that have been dug out
4. There have been incidents of people living in the woods
5. ‘Adult’ activities, including drug-taking and drinking, taking place
6. Children at play in school have been verbally abused by youths in the woods
7. Local children are now scared to go into the woods because of ‘big kids’
IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN THE
OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH THE NATURAL WORLD