It was created after a series of conversations around the poverty of opportunity and bridging the rich-poor divide in Thanet especially around the Millmead Estate and in surrounding schools.
All staff are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and are qualified to a minimum of a Level 3 NVQ with relevant experience.
We have 6 Trustees, 2 local business women, two teachers, an ex nurse, a young working mother and 2 staff members on the board of trustees.
We are a community project that registered as a
Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2017
We believe every child and young person should be given the chance to experience the outdoors and recognise that not all learn in a classroom.
We can tailor the sessions to the needs of schools and parents, activities can be planned to tie in with the class’ current learning journey or to consolidate prior learning in different curriculum areas. All sessions are person centered.
We believe a community charity should be just that and include everyone within the community regardless of age, race, ability and gender. We have a 5 acre site and have been allowed to use 2 allotments in Dane Valley Allotments.
Gardening can transform lives and can help everyone, regardless of age or ability. Forest School has a holistic approach which works well within this, building self-esteem, creating the desire to understand, learn and respect the natural world around them. Social and therapeutic horticulture is the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills. It also uses the garden as a safe and secure place to develop someone's ability to mix socially, make friends and learn practical skills that will help them to be more independent.
Benefits of being outdoors
The benefits of a sustained and active interest in gardening include:
Better physical health through exercise and learning how to use or strengthen muscles to improve mobility.
Improved mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement
The opportunity to connect with others – reducing feelings of isolation or exclusion
Acquiring new skills to improve the chances of finding employment
Just feeling better for being outside, in touch with nature and in the 'great outdoors'.