Tunbridge Wells Friends have the Common touch hosting free Forest School

DOWN IN THE WOODS: The first Forest School event was held on Rusthall Common

Tunbridge Wells Friends have the Common touch hosting free Forest School

by Andy Tong | 28th March 2019

THE Friends of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons are organising and funding a series of eight Forest School play sessions.

The free events are held on the Commons, funded by the charity, and are open to all children with no booking required.

There are two sessions per day, each of them two hours long, from 10am to midday and 1-3pm.

Activities include supervised fire-making, leaf-printing, whittling, den construction, hammocks, mud play, marshmallow toasting and more.

Representatives of the Kent High Weald Partnership, a local nature conservation organisation, are on hand to guide the children.

The first event was held during half-term on February 21 in Rusthall, with more than 50 children attending each session.

Lynne Lane, of the Friends of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons, said: “It was a wonderful day with lots of fire lighting, over 150 marshmallows toasted, and about 50 worms and insects found!

“It was lovely to see the children approaching the activities, their voices so excited and gradually getting louder as they came through the woods. I can’t wait for the next one.”

She added: “It was wonderful to see the children using their own initiative to dig, explore, put up hammocks in the trees, build dens and loads of other activities. We’re really looking forward to the April sessions.”

There are two Forest Schools scheduled for the Easter holidays: Tuesday April 9, on Tunbridge Wells Common – follow the signage from Fir Tree car park; and Tuesday April 16 on Rusthall Common, with parking at Common View.

There will be an additional activity day during the summer half-term on Thursday May 30 in Tunbridge Wells.

Parents are requested to accompany their children and no dogs are allowed.

The Friends are keen to recruit parents to help organise similar events in the future on the Commons. For more information, email Lynne at: cajunbarn@outlook.com

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