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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Bringing Forest School to you. We work with schools & community groups to develop confidence, creativity and communication through woodland adventure

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3 days 10 hours ago

Baby friendly community cafe in Low Fell needs your support to stay afloat....

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

3 days 10 hours ago

Studies have proven that even looking at photos of nature is good for your mental health. That’s a start. Next step is bringing the outdoors in....so even being able to see and touch natural materials supports wellbeing. Then being out in it.
Ultimately, connecting and engaging in some way with nature-working with wood, crafts, foraging, photographing, planting....all of these things have the highest impact.

This was my view today. I hope it helps brighten up your day too.

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

4 days 17 hours ago

Alexia Barrable from Dundee University spoke on Sunday about her research on Nature Connectedness and its impact on early years. In a nutshell, engagement with nature in early years improves nature connectedness which in turn positively impacts awareness of self, others and environment, which ultimately grows a generation of humans who see their place within the eco system not as superior to it. We need better nature connectedness if we want life on earth to be sustainable.

https://discovery.dundee.ac.uk/en/publications/the-case-for-nature-connectedness-as-a-distinct-goal-of-early-chi

Copy and paste above link into browser to read the full study

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

5 days 13 hours ago

A beautifully crisp morning for Under 5s - perfect for making salt dough decorations and chocolatey porridge on the fire. Mixing, stirring, squeezing and moulding dough with their hands was a brilliant way to keep little fingers warm. Thanks to our excellent volunteer, Sandra, a salt dough expert. I had some fantastic help to keep our fire going - under 5s know their Birch and Larch kindling. We headed off to unknown lands with full tummies and discovered tree dens, puffballs and waterfalls. Our hot water bottles were a well used addition to the session and will be returning every week while it's chilly. See you next week for more festive makes!

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

6 days 7 hours ago

Home, certificate in hand! This weekend covered sensory processing disorder, speech and language difficulties, nature connectedness, attachment theory, emotional regulation, play therapy and so much more. Watch this space to see how we put into into practice!

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 8 hours ago

Spotted outside of their natural habitat...Sophie & Suzanne in a shopping centre next to a fake tree that you’re not allowed to climb. Both reverted to flight mode and retreated to the safety of the open sky once they had fulfilled their primitive urge for food.
Back in Manchester for the final 2 days of our Theraputic Skills training. Fascinating but emotional day learning about attachment theory, play therapy and embedding this in practice when working with looked after children. Or, as one of the other participants said that her adopted son had pointed out ... ‘aren’t all children ‘looked after’?’

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Gift something a bit different this Xmas. No stuff, no plastic, no production line, no air-miles. Local, sustainable, healthy, exciting, win:win! 🎅🏻 🌲 🌏 🎄 🔥 🌳 🍂

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 2 days ago

At our after school club at Prudhoe West, children are developing incredible resilience and confidence as the nights become darker and colder. Alongside sticks and stones, we’ve been exploring torch light and learning to have fun after dark 🌒. January dates are now available to book. Current attendees have been emailed details and get first refusal of the spaces :)

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 5 days ago

Dukes Hagg has so much to offer and we've explored so little of it...until today's bear hunt! We found a whole new spot to wander in, swishy swashy, following an oaty trail, squelch squerch, where bears had hidden, splash splosh! Lots of little bears joined us and our Under 5s built some brilliant homes for them - such care and attention was taken. Also lots of porridge eaten. Yum.

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 weeks 9 hours ago

Giant cheque photo opportunity take 2 😂
Thanks to the members at Cedar Road co-op..... #thebigcooppayout