Fox Wood Forest School in Roydon needs votes to receive £1,000 grant from Aviva Community Fund
A forest school in Roydon hopes the chance of winning a £1,000 grant will help it achieve its dream of building an outdoor kitchen.
Groups of children and their families have been enjoying getting muddy, building dens at lighting fires at Fox Wood Forest School.
Located in woodland at Brewers Green, the school is appealing for votes in order to receive £1,000 from the Aviva Community Fund to finance an outdoor kitchen.
Director Angela Lamb, 44, who oversees a team of four, said: “To complete our dream outdoor kitchen, we would love to build a pizza oven.
“Sharing food is a wonderful way to bring groups together to create a sense of connection and belonging.
“Children learn about seasonal and foraged food and gain new skills as they help with the preparation and cooking.”
Fox Wood Forest School was started by Angela in December 2017 and, with the help of the local community, 1,000 trees were planted as part of the Woodland Trust’s centenary woods project.
Since then, the area has been expanding non-stop.
Just four days ago, they finished building their composting toilet and the team has recently secured funding for a small bike track.
In the future, they hope to add a cordwood roundhouse, willow tunnel, bug hotel and a fairy and herb garden.
Fox Wood Forest School offers child-led play sessions for children aged from two to 11. Long term, it hopes to provide educational visits for the area’s schools, including groups for pupils with additional needs.
“Once all the big stuff is built, we want to create a magical place where children can have adventures,” said Angela, "I would love people to vote for Fox Wood because we want to get more children involved in outdoor play and the extra funding from Aviva would help us to improve our site to meet children's needs. Today's generation of children have much less opportunity to get outside to explore - but at Fox Wood children have been able to do that and more."
To vote for Fox Wood Forest School for the Aviva Community Fund, go online to www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk. Voting is open until tomorrow.