Funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will help children and families go wild in Warrington!

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Children in Warrington will be learning about nature through wild play thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their generous support and funding of £66,000. Cheshire Wildlife Trust has received the award to support its Wild Warrington project which will provide a series of child-friendly activities to get children and families outside in the woods, learning about nature and having fun.

The Trust’s popular Forest Schools and Nature Tots activities will be run for families at the Moore Nature Reserve. WildPlay sessions will also be organised during school holidays to give children the perfect excuse to leave technology behind and step outdoors.

The WildPlay sessions, which start during May half-term, are aimed at children up to 13 years and are designed to encourage children to explore the natural world through exciting activities such as making feeders for birds, pond dipping, building dens, playing environmental games, experimenting with natural art, and searching for colourful creepy crawlies.

“We were delighted to receive funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery to support our work in Warrington,” said Jan Shone, People and Wildlife Team Leader, at Cheshire Wildlife Trust. “We have successfully run these groups in other areas of Cheshire, so it is great to get the opportunity to take these activities into a new region. In a world where technology is at children’s fingertips from a very young age it is vital that we encourage them to appreciate their outside environment. Our fun events are a great way to achieve this.”

Over 30 Forest Schools will be held during the project. They provide an interesting and interactive way for children to learn outdoor skills such as den building, tree identification, where animals live and wild food - with fun games and the opportunity to toast marshmallows along the way. The first Forest School will take place in May.

The weekly Nature Tots events will start in May and are aimed at parents and their toddlers. These sessions focus on getting pre-school children outdoors, learning from and engaging with the natural environment whilst having fun. Activities during these sessions include wild themed story-telling, muddy play and art projects using natural materials.

Part of the project will also involve local school children in outdoor educational activities during the school week. “Our range of activities not only get children closer to nature, they also develop children’s self-confidence, improve mental and physical health and develop their personal skills such as communication, problem-solving and creativity. I hope families will get to see the importance of outdoor play and find a way build this into their routine,” said Jan Shone.

More details on the events at http://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on