Our green-fingered summer of outdoor learning

Two girls at a picnic table painting outdoor plaques with suns onAs we move into autumn, we’re reflecting on our wonderfully green summer. Our aim was was to help families from Bristol and the surrounding areas and their children with additional needs to relax and gain a deeper connection to nature.

We’re incredibly grateful to have received funding from Quartet Community Foundation and Wessex Water Foundation Environmental Fund to provide outdoor learning activities and nature-inspired crafts throughout our summer Saturday play sessions.

Our families enjoyed sculpting seed bombs, creating wormeries, making bug hotels and even natural beauty products. All participants were  awarded an ‘I’m an Incredible gardener’ sticker to boost their confidence and encourage further exploration with nature.

Play tray with a castle, green wax pellets and toy safari animals

A huge thank you also to Real Seeds for generously donated vegetable seeds for our young people to grow.

We’re incredibly grateful to Filton Town Council for helping to fund our Incredible summer, including helping to pay for The Vench Adventure Playground where we’re based, our sensory equipment and our brilliant playworkers.Boy with noise-cancelling headphones on, which have a sticker saying 'Incredible gardener' on

Every week our playworkers created new and engaging play trays to encourage sensory, imaginative and collaborative play, including a grand wax pellet farm.

Our Incredible Friday play sessions included a hot meal for every kid and in good weather we gathered around the fire pit and toasted s’smores!

We have such a strong, supportive community. We were blown away to discover that we’ve had a whopping 44% increase in members since last August!
If you join us this summer, we so appreciate it and hope you enjoyed connecting with nature and like-minded families. We’re back at The Vench this autumn and would love to celebrate crispy leaf season with you. Book a play session here.

Infographic stating a 44% increase in Incredible members from August 2022 to August 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

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