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How We Work at Moulsecoomb Forest Garden

Specialising in outdoor education and therapeutic support for pupils at Key Stages 3 and 4 in the Brighton and Hove area

Since 2005 the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project has been working alongside local schools, social services, pupil referral units, the youth service and other organisations, supporting young people who struggle to make progress in mainstream education to achieve their potential.

We do this by offering eco-therapy and an outdoor education to complement the school curriculum.

We specialise in working with young people with learning difficulties such as Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Dyslexia and ADHD

OUTDOOR EDUCATION

We provide a broad range of experiential learning outcomes, records of achievement and recognised qualifications for Key Stage 3 and 4 students, working with schools to integrate core curriculum subjects such as English, History, Science, Maths and Art.

We cover-:

• Conservation

• Ecology

• Natural history

• Bushcraft skills

• Primitive technology

• Survival skills

• Woodland skills/ Green wood work

• Environmental art

• Horticulture

• Outdoor cooking

Sessions at the Forest Garden can be tailored to meet individual or group needs. They can contribute to Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir awards, and we offer our own bronze silver and gold awards.

OCN LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS

Entry level & Level 1 Woodland skills

The OCN (Open College Network qualification) gives us the opportunity to make an award that is non-invasive in its evidence gathering and doesn't compromise the therapeutic process we work with. Its simplicity gives us the space to encourage students to develop skills, underpinning knowledge and natural awareness, creating enthusiasm and interest.

ECO THERAPY / THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT / MENTORING

At the Forest Garden we work primarily from a therapeutic base.

A key part of our work as instructors is our role as mentors, building a positive relationship based on respect between staff and student, the forest garden and the broader environment.

This provides a unique safe space for students, giving a sense of belonging and community, underpinning the student’s sense of wellbeing, and becoming a major contribution to the overall positive learning experience.

The experience from the sessions gained by the young person can serve as an important role in individual self-development.

Self-motivation, problem solving, mechanical comprehension, social skill, team work responsibility are among the transferable skills that can be integrated into other areas of life at home and school.

This therapeutic process depends on a holistic overview, close communication with schools, key workers, parents and carers, with regular hand over and feedback of information, along with progress reports of individual aims and objectives.

Our qualified trainers are Pat Beach and Philip Brooke

 

   

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