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Ashgate Croft School PS & F Association

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Thank you for visiting our page. We're fundraising for a fully accessible Forest School; bringing the wild, the freedom and the mud into the lives of our special students.Forest Schools is a popular initiative that uses the natural environment to build independence and self-esteem. Children get muddy, make woodland crafts, build dens, explore mini-beast hotels, develop frog lodges, use tools and learn how to be safe around an open fire. It's all about being outdoors and being free to explore.

Many schools can take their pupils to local woodlands but for Ashgate Croft, this is just not possible. The majority of our pupils have severe learning difficulties. An increasing number have autism, many of whom are taught in specialist classes and some have profound and multiple learning difficulties, with severe physical and sensory difficulties.
For this reason, visiting the local woodland, is just not possible.So we want to bring that woodland to our pupils, to experience Forest Schools within a safe and accessible environment. Why can't all kids be free to get muddy and explore? To do this we need to think about our wheelchair users and lay a pathway, to snake its way through the site. We have specific dimensions and gradients that need to be met, all of which adds to the cost. Then we need a fence, to give children the chance to explore while keeping them safe. We then need a fire pit and lots of wood, willow, plants, mud and insects, as well as waterproofs and wellies. We hope to bring the Forest School experience to all, whatever their disability or difficulty.

Charity No: 505901

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