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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Stomping Grounds Forest School

20 hours 3 minutes ago

Absolutely thrilled to be working with The Prudhoe Youth Project, and with thanks to the Shears Foundation, to offer a years worth of Forest School activity for YOUNG PEOPLE aged 12-18 living in Prudhoe.
We are keen to work with young people who are not currently accessing the amazing amount of Youth Work that is already happening in the town, and are looking for support from other organisations who might be able to provide referrals. If that's you, or you know of a young person that this might be ideal for, please get in touch.
The sessions will be based at our woodland off Moor Road, will include transport to and from site, facilitated by expert Forest School practitioners, and will include evening and holiday sessions. The content will be shaped by the young people but is likely to include campfire cooking, green woodwork, fire lighting, whittling, den building, survival skills and more! Food will be provided.
More details to follow!
sophiew@stomping-grounds.org

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 day 9 hours ago

Playrooms filled with toys that play more than our children do.....welcome to the 21st century. I’m hopeful we’re on the cusp of a revolution in child’s play where we ditch the toys and revert back to simplicity, loose parts and nature.

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 day 22 hours ago

** Under 5s is cancelled today **
Road conditions make it too tricky to get to the woods safely. Hope you all get out into the snow today!

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

2 days 16 hours ago

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Stomping Grounds Forest School

5 days 11 hours ago

Clara was at The Great Northumberland Festival today hosted by Land of Oak and Iron, making bannock bread on the fire despite the rain. Thanks for having us!

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

6 days 9 hours ago

From Phil at today’s holiday club....thanks all and we’ll see you over Easter!

Energetic play swamp and the big soil-filled tree root were a big focus of today for most of the group, but there was also time for some whittling, using the saws, helping to set the fire away and finding mini-beasts for the other children. One child even helped make the lunchtime dhal, cutting the vegetables, for the first time, and she ate more than everyone else too! Many of the children tried something new, and others developed a wee bit more awareness of the needs of others, and for one child it was about confidence building with the leaders (making fire) until he felt ready to engage with the bigger group.

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 6 hours ago

No doubts that this will be awesome

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 9 hours ago

We still have space on this club which starts next week, Wednesdays after school, heavily subsidised and half price tickets still available, please choose the ticket that beat suits your needs
Stomping-grounds.org/book

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 12 hours ago

A great day at Dukes Hagg for half term club today. The rain held off long enough for us. New friendships were formed, old friendships were rekindled. We baked bread and soup around the fire, discovered and excavated a wonky mammoth and played in the stream.

We still have spaces left for our session tomorrow. Book via https://stompinggrounds.bookwhen.com

Stomping Grounds Forest School

Stomping Grounds Forest School

1 week 2 days ago

Saturday club adventuring, freedom, popcorn and leave no trace fires. Lasting childhood memories. Be Wild, Belong Together, epitomised!