BREEZE Forest School for Emotional Wellbeing

 Breeze is our Forest School programme focused on emotional wellbeing.

Working with Newcastle University we have created an information booklet for use in schools and other settings who want to explore using forest school to support children and young people's social and emotional wellbeing. To download the PDF free of charge please click on the link below. 

Information Booklet for schools and other settings:

Forest School for Wellbeing

To read the project report for the first year please click on the link below, we are in the process of completing the report for the second year. 

Breeze Forest School (3rd edition)

 

If you are interested in running your own forest school, below is a list of possible sites in and around Newcastle upon Tyne. For all sites you will need your own risk management procedures and insurance. 

Urban Green Newcastle

Urban Green Newcastle (UGN) manage most of the large parks in Newcastle including Heaton Park, Armstrong Park,  Denton Dene, Jesmond Dene and Newburn Riverside all of which have been used for forest school and outdoor learning.  There are many other parks that could be used.

Your school will need a license from UGN. This is not a difficult process – you submit your insurance documents, risk assessments and fill in a form explaining what you plan to do. There will be a small charge. 

Fill in the following form https://urbangreennewcastle.org/activity-application-form and someone will be in touch to discuss requirements.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.rbangreennewcastle.org

Telephone: (0191) 814 4574

 

Stomping Ground
Stomping Grounds have a forest school and outdoor education base at their woodland off Moor Road in Prudhoe, accessible by mini bus. Amidst 33 acres of ancient woodland, our base includes a fire circle with log seating, swings, a burn for splashing in, a story telling circle, plus lots of evolving structures such as treehouses and bridges. The space is big enough to accommodate a full class but also provides areas for 1-1 provision. Long term users would be welcome to establish their own smaller base camps, in discussion with us.

For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07950118816 or visit stomping-grounds.org

Conkers Life

Conkers Life is based within 55acres of mixed woodland, meadow and arable land in Hamsterley Mill.  The main setting is framed by our wonderful Horse Chestnut tree and is securely fenced, with a wonderful meadow with areas cut for small group activities, there is a small woodland with a few swings and a plethora of loose parts that nature kindly provides us with, we have 3 children's toilets, 1 adult toilet and running water.  Car parking is available on site. 

If you would like to get more information about using our wonderful site or hiring one of our experienced Forest School Leaders please do not hesitate in contacting us, 07535850078 or 07836323022 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Waverdale Site (next to Walker Riverside Academy)

This is a public access site that Sir Charles Parsons School are currently making use of for forest school sessions, it has a mixture of woodland and meadow. It is managed by Natures Landscapes

Contact: Alan Wear Telephone: 0191 211 5982 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or: Steve Robinson on 07966743802.

Blaydon Burn Farm

We have 26 acres of mixed woodland with many small clearings where people can have a campfire. Our website is www.blaydonburnfarm.com. Contact Steph:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rising Sun Country Park

The Rising Sun Country Park, a large green oasis of over 162 hectares located in the heart of North Tyneside, is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the outdoors through the seasons. The park features an extensive nature reserve with ponds, woodlands, grasslands and a working farm.

Tel: (0191) 643 8115 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Birkheads Wild CIC:

A  2 acre almost-wild campsite and forest school site in rural Gateshead (near Sunniside/Beamish). A stunning location with over an acre of meadow surrounded by trees, small pond, community garden growing vegetables, award-wining composting toilet, free range hens, parachute covered camp fire area and Yurt.

Available as site hire only for groups up to 25 people, or with the Yurt – suitable for smaller groups or in bad weather. Birkheads Wild is off-grid, but with good mobile phone signal, water available from bowsers, firewood for sale, very limited parking nearby – for 1 minibus.

 Contact: Fiona O’Connor

Tel: 07984 688 218 www.birkheadswild.org.uk