The profile of Sylva’s education programme has been given a boost through our active involvement on England’s Forest Education Network (FEN) and the newly formed Forestry Learning and Development Working Group.
Hosted by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the Forest Education Network is a gateway to the many organisations and educational resources that exist for forest education and learning in woodlands. Membership is free and members receive regular bulletins about forest education events and resources.
We are proud to be one of eight national partners on the steering group of the FEN. Sylva’s Education Manager Jen Hurst will also represent the FEN on the Forestry Learning and Development Group chaired by the Forestry Commission. This group brings together key organisations in the forestry sector who will work with educators to seek ways of increasing young people’s interest and engagement with careers in forestry and wood products, particularly at secondary school level.
After the FEN steering group meeting this week Jen Hurst commented:
“at Sylva we are passionate about bringing the worlds of education and forestry closer together to revive Britain’s wood culture. With the FEN and the newly formed working group we look forward to working strategically with national partners to reach out to more young people from 5 years old and upwards”.