A new forestry school will offer children the chance to reap the benefits of outdoor learning.
Nick Exley, a father of four, will be launching A Little Bit Wilder Ltd Forestry School in August with a holiday club packed for kids ages 5-13.
Activities, based at Farm Eco, Screveton, a community care farm off Lodge Lane, will include classes for infants, preschoolers and homeschoolers starting in September.
Nick, from Newark, said: “It’s really something that I’ve done with my own kids since they were born, so I’m very happy to bring it to a larger market.
“I think in the last couple of years that we’ve had the kids have missed out on so many opportunities to do things and being outside is always the better option than being inside.”
Nick has worked in the education sector since leaving the Navy in 2011.
He was previously part of the Naturally Oudoors Forestry School, which has operated in Newark for several years, and now seeks to use his experience to provide children with the best outdoor learning experience possible.
“With the work that I have done in the past, you can see the benefits immediately,” Nick said.
“I think as a generation of parents we have a habit of saying no all the time and it’s a very understandable mindset, but it doesn’t help kids develop and develop their own. own abilities.
“As parents, our job is to ensure that our children grow up to be confident, outgoing adults and if they don’t have the opportunity to find out early on what they can do and how they can protect themselves, then this work becomes more and more difficult.
“Don’t be afraid to get dirty, don’t be afraid to explore and learn.
“Giving children the chance to go out and find what interests them is the powerful thing that forestry school offers. “
Two-thirds of the tickets have already been sold for the A Little Bit Wilder Vacation Club.
Classes will cost around £ 10 for a two hour session and can be booked at alittlebitwilder.co.uk.