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:
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.
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.
Telephone: (0191) 814 4574
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.
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.
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
Blaydon Burn Farm
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.
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
Gibside National Trust
A 720 acres 18th Century Landscape Forest Garden. We have areas that are registered SSSI (Site of special Scientific Interest) amidst the varied woodlands and trails along the Derwent valley hillside. We are located in between Burnhopfield (A692) and Rowlands Gill (A694) and are approximately 20-25 minutes’ drive from NewcastleGateshead. There are stunning views, varied wildlife and wonderful adventures to be had in a special place, tended and checked by a team of knowledgeable rangers. Gibside also has toilet facilities in the main market place, a café, a playpark and some special 18th Century buildings!
For more information contact:
Sarah Given/ Liz Jenner
Senior Programming & Partnerships Officers (CYP), National Trust, Gibside, Burnopfield, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE16 6BG
Phone - 01207 541200