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Free Play in the Woods


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Teepees on Falkland Estate

Ask any adult for their earliest memory of playing outdoors, and the chances are a tree will be involved – climbing, swinging from the branches, collecting conkers, making dens, leaf prints and bark rubbings are just some of the ways to connect with trees in childhood. Awareness of the benefits of free range play outdoors has never been higher, but for a variety of reasons many youngsters these days do not have the chance to experience this.

The Forest of Falkland is the ideal venue for Fife Council to run its award-winning Free Range play project during the school holidays. Young children from disadvantaged families come for a week at a time to play in the woods, spending whole days just messing about and having fun, with low key but attentive supervision from skilled play workers. They all go home each night grubby, tired out but full of stories and eager to return next day. The project won the Nancy Ovens award of Best Play Experience in Scotland for 2013.

If you are a headteacher or teacher looking to hire the Teepee site, please contact us.

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Falkland Centre for Stewardship
The Stables
Falkland Estate
KY15 7AF

01337 858838

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