Oakwood Primary Forest
An outdoor classroom to immerse children in nature
The site is an area of land that has recently been gifted to the school from the local council. The school is located in what is considered to be one of the most deprived areas of Scotland and many of the children don’t have access to nature in their daily lives. Previous planting attempts have been unsuccessful. SUGi is delighted to now be working with Oakwood Primary to ensure that the children and school community have a resilient and flourishing forest to help nurture and watch grow in strength.
In planting a Miyawaki forest with the involvement of the students, we aim to provide not simply a one-off educational and therapeutic experience for the children, but an outdoor classroom that will bring nature into their lives for the long-term.
Forest Maker James Godfrey-Faussett
We are really inspired by how we can change our relationship with the environment around us by planting a Miyawaki forest. Our school community will have a tangible opportunity to support biodiversity and experience nature directly. Our school name of 'Oakwood’ even connects us with a key native species, the mighty Oak!
— Vanessa Thomson, Headteacher, Oakwood Primary School