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Welcome boost for Priory School in Spalding as it receives gift from charity for its Forest School




Spalding’s Priory School is set to receive hundreds of trees from the Woodland Trust for its Forest School.

The school, in Neville Avenue, has an exciting outdoor area to help support the learning of its pupils who are aged 11-16.

But following adverse weather, many of the current trees in the Forest School have become damaged or have blown down.

Pupils from the Priory School enjoy learning in their Forest School. (7817389)
Pupils from the Priory School enjoy learning in their Forest School. (7817389)

Kathryn Greene, the school's Forest School and horticulture coordinator, said: “The pupils at the Priory School are very much involved in every aspect of the Forest School from Years Seven through to 11.

“It is such a wonderful area we have and the ‘Woodland Trust Trees’ will promote many learning opportunities, as well as encouraging more wildlife to the area.

Look at this den we've built! Outdoor learning in the Forest School at the Priory School. (7817431)
Look at this den we've built! Outdoor learning in the Forest School at the Priory School. (7817431)

“The pupils will be involved in the planning, planting and caring for the saplings. This project will be a fun and engaging way for our pupils to enjoy the outdoors whilst making a positive difference to the environment.

"Learning to care for the natural environment through different activities enables them to continue to develop their confidence, learning capacity, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being.”

These include activities such as den building and looking after the environment, as well as collecting woodland items to use in other projects in the school.

“We have lost a few more branches this week,” she said last Tuesday, during the stormy weather.

The Woodland Trust’s 'Free Trees for Schools and Communities' programme has allowed the school to apply for 345 new trees and shrubs which are scheduled for delivery and planting in November.

It is hoped the new trees will increase the density of the area, encouraging more wildlife to visit.

Pupils at the school have a range of needs, including moderate learning difficulties, autism, SEMH (social, emotional and mental health needs) and communication issues.

  • The Priory and Garth School (in Pinchbeck Road), also hope to raise money for new laptops through crowdfunding platform 'Rocket Fund.'

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