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Lancashire Wildlife Trust named charity of the week

The Lancashire Trust is one of three Trusts funded by players to reach out to communities with Forest Schools education projects (the other two being Leicestershire & Rutland and Birmingham & Black Country).

Projects take a learner-centred approach to outdoor education and play in a woodland environment. Programmes allow individuals to develop a relationship with the natural world and sessions foster resilience, creativity and confidence.

The education team has been pioneering Forest Schools in the North West for the last seven years and has been running the Forest Schools project in urban Manchester since March in partnership with four local schools, in the areas around the charity’s Moston Fairway nature reserve, with funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery (PPL). 

Players of the PPL have so far raised £69.2 million for good and charitable causes, with 55p from every £2 ticket providing grants to a range of amazing charities and deserving community projects. 

The Moston Fairway reserve has been used as an outdoor classroom for Forest Schools by one of the partner schools, Broadhurst Primary, since 2013.

Moston Fairway has the only urban marsh in Manchester and combines an unusual mix of wetland habitat, dry grassy areas and woodland. Children are learning about this wildlife oasis and, through local engagement, the charity is bringing the community closer to the frogs, newts, birds, butterflies and plants nestled here next to the railway line.

St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Crab Lane Community Primary School and Bowker Vale Primary School have now joined the Forest Schools work around Moston Fairway..

Education officers Kathryn Phillips and Suzanne Stewart are delivering Forest School programmes in the schools and will also be providing fully accredited training to teachers.

Mr Camm, Forest School lead at Broadhurst Primarysaid, "The Trust has brought lots of organisations together to make us a really nice area and we’re getting a lot more children out to the forest."

He added, "The learning experiences out in the woods help to extend and embed the learning that the children do in the classroom, in areas right across the curriculum from Literacy and Numeracy to Science and Geography."

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust also runs Forest Schools and other education sessions at Seven Acres in central Bolton and at Brockholes near Preston.

For media enquiries about the Forest Schools and the work supported by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, please contact Communications Officer Adam Moolna on amoolna@lancswt.org.uk.

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