Children have fun in new outdoor classroom

The new outdoor classroom at Fermyn Woods Country Park, near Brigstock

The new outdoor classroom at Fermyn Woods Country Park, near Brigstock

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Children from Brigstock Primary School were the first to enjoy a new outdoor classroom at Fermyn Woods Country Park.

The new classroom has been created for schools and groups visiting the park, near Brigstock, to take part in educational ranger-led sessions including nature discovery activities such as bug-hunting.

The outdoor classroom seats up to 50 children and will also be available for hire by groups and individuals for events and parties, raising money to help pay for its upkeep.

The new classroom has been funded by a landfill community grant from WREN, a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, conservation and heritage projects.

It has also received funding from the Friends of Fermyn Woods Country Park who work tirelessly on a range of projects to improve the park.

County council cabinet member for customers and communities, Cllr Heather Smith, said: “I would like to thank both WREN and the Friends of Fermyn Woods Country Park as this project would not have become a reality without their help.

“The new outdoor classroom is a fantastic addition to the park and I’m sure it will be enjoyed by lots of people for both education and fun.

“It’s just part of our ongoing work to improve our country parks so that we can attract more visitors and eventually they can become self-financing, therefore ensuring that they can continue to be enjoyed by county residents long into the future.”

Fermyn Woods Country Park has seen a number of improvements over the last year, including the addition of a toddler activity area in the Skylark cafe.