Harehope Quarry has branched out with two new teaching and learning sites. These sites will be used for bushcraft, green woodworking, wild food and environmental art events as well as providing a Forest School location in Weardale.
Thanks to funding from North Pennine Dales LEADER and Northumbrian Water’s Branching Out fund, Harehope Quarry can now offer two new self-contained areas that provide exciting outdoor learning opportunities for both the community and local schools. Both sites have their own composting toilet, fire circle and bodger tent. The site within the quarry will focus on bushcraft, wild food and green woodworking and the woodland site on Forest Schools.
Mark Morris, conservation advisor with Northumbrian Water, said: “We’re delighted to support this project because our Branch Out fund exists to help people deliver projects that benefit the natural environment and their local communities. This is a great way to help local children enjoy the great outdoors and to discover the importance of the natural world.”
The Harehope Quarry Project is working closely with Wild North Discovery and North Pennines Outdoor Learning to provide local events and activities. The sites have already been used for green tourism activities such as bushcraft and pole lathing and three schools have undertaken Forest School taster sessions, including a Gruffalo walk!
From April 2013 schools will be able to access fully taught Forest School’s sessions in the woodland, from taster days to a longer programme of events or use the area on a self-taught basis as an extension of Forest School work undertaken in the school grounds. A full range of equipment is available to use and a qualified Forest School’s practitioner will be on hand for assistance.
For further information or to discuss opportunities please contact the Harehope Quarry Project Ltd on 01388 528599/528633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.