Forest school plan for Go Kids Go! cash

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 July 2014

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A WESTON school has called on Go Kids Go! to help it create a forest club to 'ignite creativity and imagination'.

The scheme, which has seen the Mercury partner up with Weston Lions Club for the third year and offer a total of £12,000 to children’s activity groups, will also run for a little longer after the deadline was extended until Wednesday.

Milton Park Primary School, in Milton Park Road, has plans to buy camping equipment, activity kits, ropes and pulleys and a safety kit for the project.

Linda O’Coy, the school’s business manager, said: “Not so long ago, all children played outside, climbing, building dens, and making toys with nothing but string, imagination and what they found around them.

“The forest school aims to ignite that creative imagination by teaching children to safely use tools through green woodworking activities and learn fire safety by using small campfires to cook and make drinks on.

“As a school in an urban environment, with considerably more tarmac than grass, we are determined to provide an imaginative outside space where our pupils can engage with nature and learn some bushcraft skills.

“A grant from Go Kids Go! would make this possible.”

Previous winners are welcome to re-apply, and first-time applicants can bid for a grant if they run a community group based within the postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24 or BS25. Applications must come from a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation like schools or scout groups.

The grants could be used for schemes or items such as new training equipment, clubhouse improvements, playgroup equipment or kits and shirts.

Presentations will be held at the Weston Lions’ real ale festival on the Beach Lawns from July 25-27, which is now in its seventh year.

n For more information about the event, visit www.westonlionsrealalefestival.org.uk

The winners will be announced in the Mercury.

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