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Young Dartford and Gravesham carers spend a week in the forest with exotic animals

Dartford Forest School held a special week at the Enchanted Woodland in Temple HIll for children who help to care for a member of their family.

Young carers, between the ages of eight and 12 enjoyed a week of Forest School themed activities with the added bonus of two visits from Animal Days Out, an organisation which takes exotic animals into the community so people can learn about conservation.

Originally from Scandinavia, Forest School encourages children to develop emotionally and socially, as well as academically.

Sessions take place in an outdoor or forest environment and children learn a variety of woodland skills as well as finding out about the flora and fauna present in the woodland.

Debbie Fryer from Dartford Forest School, which forms part of the Temple Hill Trust, said: “This extraordinary week gives young people the space to enjoy the freedom of the woodland and learn more about their outdoor environment – it has proved so popular that we are hoping to be able to make this a regular calendar event.”

For more information visit their website www.templehilltrust.org.uk or call 07833 469 485.

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