MBW Group Member Earthtime is the leading outdoor education charity in Moray. Forest School Accredited Leaders delivering outdoor nursery sessions and Forest School Programmes throughout Moray.
Earthtime are lucky enough to have the support of a local land owner who has made an undeveloped stretch of woodland at Duffus available to them. Through crowdfunding they plan to raise the funds needed to turn the space into a new outdoor activity centre. To create a safe and nurturing permanent base that is accessible for children and adults of all abilities and can be used for a wide range of activities. Bushcraft, nature discovery, use of natural materials, nature crafts and land art – improving mental and physical health and wellbeing, as well as balance, agility and resilience in children and families.
The works planned includes the creation of a covered fire area with benches and an outdoor kitchen, laying a car park and access strip, laying and maintaining paths and setting up structures and activity tracks in the woods to promote risky play and problem solving . Part of the funds will also be used for improving road access to the site and the development of office space for the inevitable admin.
Their target? £15,000. And here’s how you can help. Head to their crowdfunding website now at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/earthtimes-outdoor-base to read more about the plans and to play a part of this fantastic new project. Donations from as little as £5 will make a difference.
“It’s a unique experience for each child which supports their own growth in learning, confidence and self esteem” Sarah, parent in a home education group
“Having attended many Forest School sessions with Earthtime, with different age groups (from 5 – 11), I can honestly say that the ‘head, heart and hand’ of our children are being developed. A truly holistic approach that develops the confidence and self-esteem of our children in an environment that builds a love of nature, the ability to take risks whilst investigating, develop social skills and have noisy fun too!” Shiobhan Woolgar, Head Teacher at St Sylvester’s Primary School in Elgin