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'Root and Branch Out' provide forest adventures for little ones at Rutland Farm Park.

Image: Matthew Smith, courtesy of Unsplash

The benefits of getting children of all ages active can not be underestimated.

Forest schools help to keep children interested, to provide them with the opportunity to learn in the outdoors. And nature is such a great way to embrace a child's creativity and curiosity. It also can help to foster confidence and develop problem-solving skills.

From building dens to creating woodwork pieces to building campfires (under close adult supervision!), identifying berries, grasses, and flowers - all develop a child's knowledge, and can stimulate a real sense of independence.

Root and branch out holds Forest schools at Rutland Farm Park

* In these 'lockdown-easing' days, it's good to hear that in Rutland, Forest schools are being held at the Rutland Farm Park over the summer holidays. These forest schools are being held in August - so a great thing to add to your armory of things to do over the summer. For information, go to

These sessions are held for 5-8-year-olds in the morning and 9 to 12-year-olds in the afternoons. Also worth noting is that included in the price of tickets is a month's entry into Rutland Farm Park for one adult and one child - that's got to be a winner over the summer hols! Booking is required.

*This is as accurate as possible at the time the info was collated. As the pandemic changes life daily, I would always check with organisers and government guidelines and call before going.

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