Park and Landscapes

Children at Ashton under Hill First School are enjoying the benefits of a new fire pit thanks to the generosity of the team at Park and Landscapes, explains teaching assistant and forest school leader, Juliet Shiels.

 

“Ashton under Hill First School is set in a lovely village beneath Bredon Hill and overlooking the Vale of Evesham, so whenever possible, we use the wonderful countryside surrounding us to support the children’s learning.

 

There has been a school on this site since 1878, constantly evolving, and we are lucky to have access to a dedicated wooded area that we use for forest school. I regularly take pupils on the one kilometre walk to visit a wood on the hill and learn about the natural environment – an activity that stems from our belief that the curriculum goes beyond the four walls of the classroom.

 

Children in pre-school, reception and year one make weekly trips to Forest School. We also visit an orchard and the meadow behind the church. Older children go once a term. Forest school offers the children an invaluable opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.

 

There are times, however, when it’s just too cold to go far beyond the school so I thought it would be good to build a fire pit at school. I know that Tim Coppin, who has a son in year two, is a tree surgeon and runs a local landscaping company so I asked him if he could help. I was delighted when he offered to, not only supply the materials, but also to send his team to install it.

 

The team created a square pit using four lengths of timber placed around a slab, surrounded by four huge tree trunks that the children use as benches. The timber was recycled from a large commercial project that Park and Landscapes was working on in Wembley.

 

Although, it was only installed a week ago, we have already used the fire pit twice, when the children made s’mores and hot chocolate, so it’s brought lots of pleasure. The school is incredibly grateful and I know that Tim’s team was thrilled to help out.”

 

Park and Landscapes are a team of qualified professionals who undertake tree surgery, site clearance, hard and soft landscaping, fencing, equestrian and agricultural projects, both residential and commercial.

 

Call Tim Coppin on 07557 536 391 or 01386 423 518, email info@parkandlandscapes.co.uk
or visit:

 

www.parkandlandscapes.co.uk

 

www.ashton.worcs.sch.uk

 

 

 

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