We had to do without the much hoped-for sunshine, but the Leafy summer programme in Castle Head Field Studies Centre made more than up for that with lots of bright fun and excitement. It was great working with the children from Chorley New Road Primary School, and the families from Webster Primary School, and we all hope to see you again next year.
So what did we do? We learnt to navigate and paddle together during the canoeing, felt the cold when jumping into the river; we transplanted trees for a new forest to grow; we searched for small forest mammals and found two bank voles in the carefully set traps (and of course let them run free after taking a close look!); we learnt to relax and switch on our personal “superpowers” during Colm’s mindfulness sessions; we giggled and laughed with Robin and his laughing witch; sang songs about the planet and our food with Pauline; learnt about carbon dioxide and the little things we all can do to stop climate change… and had a whole lot of other special moments that we will remember for a long time to come.
And here are some of the comments the kids gave us about the Leafy experience:
“I really liked the canoeing best because everyone was smiling and everyone worked as a team.”
“I will always turn the lights off when I go home, and also tell my mum.”
“We need to do something about climate change before it is too late.”
“I learned that we are wasting too much energy.”
“I’m sad because we have to go back today.”
“Laughing makes you happier and feel better.”
“I like the canoeing because we jumped into the water at the end.”
“Can we come back next year?” (We very much hope that you will be back next year!)
For more photos of the week, have a look at our Facebook page!