Forest School on ECT's Slimbridge EstateIn October all 98 children from Gretton Primary School near Cheltenham visited the Redwood Outdoor Education Centre’s Forest School on ECT’s Slimbridge Estate, Gloucestershire, to make ‘woodland music’.

Forest School on ECT's Slimbridge EstatePupils were split into three age groups to explore different sounds using natural materials – sticks dragging against bark, leaves crackling underfoot and logs as percussion instruments.

Forest School on ECT's Slimbridge EstateThis developed further into smaller groups creating melodies. Finally they all joined together in a whole-school ensemble.

“The sound was amazing!” said headteacher Jackie Kelly. “It was a wonderful day – Anne and her team are inspiring in helping young and old appreciate the great outdoors.

“The site is beautiful and it was so lovely for us all to step out of school, take a breath and enjoy the simplicity of nature.”