Bryony from North East Wilds CIC just dropped off 15 of these amazing windowsill grow kits to support some of the women we’ve been working with in Chopwell to bring the outdoors in, since we can’t deliver our monthly gatherings at the moment. So beautiful and such attention to detail! I’ll be delivering locally on Friday along with food parcels from The Pickle Palace. So grateful to have such wonderful women to work with at the moment. 💓 🌱 🍅 🌶
Stomping Grounds Forest School is a social enterprise working throughout North East England to bring communities together and reconnect them with nature. Find out more about who we are, what we do and what we believe in…
What People Say...
Volunteering with Stomping Grounds is the highlight of my week! Forest School is everything I hoped it would be – a space for children to be themselves, be wild, have some freedom and autonomy and to learn and play outside of the classroom. It’s such an important opportunity for the children and it really does feel like a privilege to be part of it and to spend my Friday mornings with this bunch of vibrant, inquisitive little explorers.Lani
My girl started at the under 5 group after she just turned two and has been going for the last 18 months. It has been a huge part in developing her deep connection with nature and her confidence in the outdoors. Our son has been going since he was born, and has now got his forest legs. It’s a great programme, that I also loved as an adult. We would still be there if we weren’t moving away. Really miss it.Dave Nguyen
I’ve spoken to Sophie who shared her aspirations for these woods and it will be fantastic for children to learn about our countryside and its diversity as well as its maintenance. I am really excited about these woods and that they have been saved for future generations.??Brian Hudspith
I have just completed my first term of Forest School with my almost 4 year old and 1.5 year old. It’s been a wonderful experience, the kids have flourished in the environment and they have had the freedom and responsibility to try activities that they would never have been able to try in a different setting. Sophie is a great facilitator, nothing is too much trouble and overall the atmosphere amongst the group has been really welcoming and friendly. Will be back again soon!Katy Madgwick
Myself and my little boy Oliver (13 months) have been going to the under 5’s session every Monday and we both love it! So nice to see kids getting involved in outdoor activities and being exposed to risk taking, decision making, nature and crafts in a family friendly way! Brought my 5 year old niece to the launch day and she has absolutely loved it and is really looking forward to coming for a few summer school sessions!Sarah Louise Glover
My toddler has been going to the under 5s sessions in Brockwell Woods for over a year now and we both love it. Sophie is wonderful and very good at getting small children engaged! MJ enjoys using tools and having the space to get clarty. She still has a small car which she made in forest school and carries everywhere proudly telling people that she made it. Its a lovely group for adults too – everyone is friendly and lends a hand. Would highly recommendHannah Sorley
Back to nature. Joseph really enjoyed his time with the Forest School,
just what every kid needs! Would recommendKatherine Fletcher
My two boys had the best two days with Stomping Ground Forest School during the Christmas holidays. They absolutely loved it. I dropped them off both days feeling great trepidation, especially on the first day when it rained literally all day, and both days they came home so full of everything they’d done and all the fun they’d had: crafts, making dens, campfires, roasting marshmallows, splashing in mud (or the ‘mud on your face game’ as my oldest called it)… My washing machine may never recover but am delighted they had such fun! Would recommend to anyone.Julia Louise
Fantastic bumps & babies session this afternoon. A very welcoming group to meet other parents and share a love of all things outdoors.
A huge thank you to the forest school leaders for trialing these new sessions! I can’t wait to bring my little one along to join in once he arrives ♥️Sadie Diamond-Fox
Stomping Grounds have been providing regular forest school sessions at our school for the last 4 years. Every class who work with them love the lessons and the opportunity to get up close to nature.
The forest school teachers are always highly professional and have excellent regard for the needs of individual children, as well as for the safety of the group. They form great relationships with the pupils and never fail to create interesting and inspiring learning that ensures our pupils always want to come back for more!Tim Godfrey, Mountfield Primary School
My 6 year old attended the Chopwell Forest School for the first time and he absolutely loved it! He’s not stopped talking about how much fun it was! Thank you!Angela Dennison
My son really loves his Saturday forest school adventures! He has grown in physical confidence and is much more daring in what he will do and attempt. He’s also much more comfortable with things like insects, muck and the stuff of nature! It’s a great way for children to explore the natural world, make new, non-school friendships and learn to cooperate, enjoy the outdoors and push their own boundaries. Out of school activities can be tricky if your child isn’t ‘sporty’ or doesn’t want to do drama, dance etc. Forest School is the perfect solution! I like how it has a good balance between structured and unstructured play too. Would recommend to all.Sarah Raad
Our passion is to create Forest School opportunities for all children, not just for those who’s parents can afford to pay for it or understand its aims.
We believe that by reconnecting communities with the natural world, humans can gain a deeper understanding of our place within the ecosystem and how our choices and actions can impact the environment.
If you’re looking to start a career in outdoor education, or just want to spend more time outdoors, we’d love for you to come and join us at one of our beautiful sites throughout the North East.
3 days 11 hours ago
Difficult to know what the right thing to do is at the moment. If you are local to Prudhoe we are still offering our forest school area at Dukes Hagg for your private single family use. We hope it offers a safe way of accessing the outdoors. Remember the rules especially as you walk along the bridlepath as it seems to be busy along there at the moment. 2m distance or use the path to the right that runs parallel through the woods instead. Take hand wash or sanitiser. Only take advantage of this if your household is symptom free. Donations will help our small social enterprise survive beyond this crisis but if your household has taken a financial hit then we are happy to share what we have with you for free if it makes life a little healthier. Well let you make the call as to how much this opportunity if worth. Book here. New form so please complete the form again even if you went over the past fortnight. Stay safe everyone. We are reviewing daily following public health guidance. Stomping-grounds.org/book
5 days 12 hours ago
Who’s the lovely person leaving ‘stay safe’ reindeer trail down at Dukes Hagg?
6 days 23 hours ago
1 week 1 day ago
*still looking for an I, U, V and X. Doesn’t count if you have to google it 😆* Here’s a little game with thanks to our amazing volunteer Honor. The topic is TREES and you have to add a tree for each letter of the alphabet. See if your children can join in. More than 1 per letter is welcome!
A - ash B - beech C - cedar D - Dutch elm E - elm F - for G - giant redwood H - Hawthorne I - no idea J - juniper? K - no idea L - larch M - maple N - Norwegian spruce O - oak P - pine Q - quercus (cheating) R - Rowan S - sycamore T - timber U - no idea V - no idea W - willow X - no idea Y - yew Z - zebrawood
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If you have access to trees during your daily outdoor exercise, these are really clear and well put together ID guides for children and adults alike.
This is definitely worth a reshare - 2 years ago at Brockwell with Saturday Clubbers and who could forget the mud slide?! Sound on 😆 www.facebook.com/forestschoolnortheast/videos/2078049295809491/
A bit of fun from Scotswood!
How gorgeous is this? One of our regular pre schoolers, missing our Monday singing so sending us the tractor song virtually 🥰