The Stomping Grounds Story

Sophie reads an article about Forest School

May, 2015

It is the first she’s ever heard of it but it sounds amazing.

Training

August, 2015

Sophie does an inspiring week of Level 3 Forest School training in Sheffield and meets other practitioners.

Stomping Grounds is born!

October, 2015

The first ever under 5s, Saturday Club and Home Education sessions takes place at Thornley Woods in the Derwent Valley. It rains dramatically and everyone has a great time.

Building A Team

October, 2015

Sophie meets Susan Byrne – an experienced Forest School practitioner who starts helping out at various groups.

Building Partners

November, 2015

Stomping Grounds partners up with Chopwell Community Association and receives a grant to deliver Forest School Youth sessions in Chopwell Community Woodland.

Local School Engaged

January, 2016

Local School Engaged

Stomping Grounds gets its first school contract, working with Mountfield Primary School in Kenton, Newcastle.

Jess Joins the Team

February, 2016

Stomping Grounds starts working with Jessica Lloyd at Chopwell Youth Club

Registration as a Community Interest Company

February, 2017

Stomping Grounds Forest School North East CIC is formed with Sophie, Susan and Jess as Directors. 

Grant Funding Received

February, 2017

Grant funding is received from Tesco, Seedbed, Durham Area Budget Partnership, Land of Oak and Iron, Newcastle City Council, Prudhoe Town Council and the Catherine Cookson Trust

Washingwell Primary Sign-Up

September, 2018

Washingwell Primary Sign-Up

New contract at Washingwell Primary School, Gateshead delivering PPA cover to KS1

Leadgate

January, 2019

Start delivering a year long youth project in Leadgate, County Durham.

Crowdfunder

April, 2019

Successful crowdfunder campaign raises the additional £5,000 needed to assist with the private purchase of Dukes Hagg Wood in Prudhoe, Northumberland for the exclusive use of Stomping Grounds

Crowdfunder Video

 

Dukes Hagg Launch

July, 2019

Dukes Hagg Launch

Launch Day for our new home at Dukes Hagg Wood engages local residents, businesses and our supporters to celebrate this exciting stage in our development

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1 day 4 hours ago

Family Fun at Dukes Hagg today - a lovely combination of folk from our other groups and some new faces too. So many cones to collect and some brilliantly creative squirrels made - adults and children alike! We enjoyed smokey beans cooked on the fire, supported by a great little team collecting and feeding it fuel to keep it hot. Everyone found something to enjoy, from den building to fire lighting to cone-throwing to stream-paddling. Can't wait for our next Family Fun on February 15th - you can book here! https://bookwhen.com/stompinggrounds#focus=ev-srvj-20200215093000

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 day 6 hours ago

The dark evenings don’t put our Prudhoe West after school club off having fun. We started back on Thursday after a break for Christmas and learnt how to build fires, practised using a flint & steel, explored, read a story, hammered nails, sculpted willow, explored in the woods & gathered branches. The club is currently fully booked with a waiting list so we wondered whether there was interest in a second club a different night of the week?

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

3 days 2 hours ago

Yesterday at Mountfield year 3&4 had voted for pizza making, which is always a hit. I love observing them working together, sharing responsibilities, offering food to their peers. I also found myself reflecting on year 4s fascination with fire and my approach at facilitating it. When groups start their forest school journey the fire rules are strict and heavily implemented. Year 4 have been doing forest school for 4 years now. That’s a lot of learning! Part of our practice is dynamic risk assessment which compliments the rigorous risk benefit analysis we carry out before each session. Yesterday I observed some of the year 4s literally playing with fire. Were they following the forest schools to the letter? No. Did I stop them? No. Were they safe? Yes. Responsible and curious. ‘Look what happens when I do this!’ ‘Hey look, I invented something new!’ Amazing. I love to observe children thrive like this!

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

3 days 9 hours ago

Our holiday club is back this half term, at Dukes Hagg in Prudhoe!
Drop your children off at our beautiful Ancient Woodland for a couple of days of screen free wild play, as nature intended. Suitable for primary aged children. Maximum 12 children, 2 expert practitioners, fire, foraging, cooking, whittling, playing, splashing, exploring, building.....adventure!
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Stomping Grounds Forest School

3 days 10 hours ago

We are so excited to be working with North East Wilds on our Forest Lunch Club project creating a safe and inspiring space for the women of Chopwell to meet, talk, cook, create and connect.
Here's an excellent opportunity to get involved, as we're looking for a local photographer to document some of the fun we have planned.

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

4 days 3 hours ago

Join us at Family Fun on Saturday where we'll enjoy the bounties of the recent windy weather - its a cone bonanza! We'll be hearing about The Squirrels Who Squabbled and then getting crafty to make our own fir cone squirrels. The stream is waiting for small hands and feet, hammocks are ready for swinging, a fire will cook a tasty snack to share and we'll sing songs together. What better way to spend a Saturday morning?
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Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

5 days 13 hours ago

Looking for support with our volunteer programme. Does anyone know of any pots of money to support dbs, travel expenses, training, plus chainsaw training and PPE. We have a growing team of sessions support and woodland management volunteers that we’d like to do right by :)

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 2 hours ago

Starting tomorrow

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*TODAYS SATURDAY CLUB CANCELLED*
Whilst we were excited to start Saturday club this morning, due to predicted wind gusts of 60mph we are postponing start date to next week. It’s a shame but we have to prioritise safety. We’ll be in touch with an additional date to make up for it :)

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 2 days ago

....the muck and mud matters, for mucking around in the fallow soil creates the potential for creativity, ideas or rebellion. Wonder is what happens in the gaps.....

Jay Griffiths, Kith