Forest School

Launched in May 2016 in an unused patch of woodland on the edge of the works, Breedon Cements Forest School has proven to be a highly successful programme, encouraging children from local primary schools that include Bamford Primary, Bradwell Pre School, Castleton,Litton, Tideswell and Hope Valley College to spend more time in the outdoors.

The company also purchased a mini bus to transport the children to and from the site.

Along with PR and events coordinator Louise Saxon and former principle of Hope Valley College, Bernie Hunter, the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have been key partners in the delivery of the programme along with self-led sessions from Bradwell and Bamford primary schools which has seen pupils involved in activities such as woodcraft, den building and wild cooking in a fire pit.

Below: Emma Wood,  People Engament Officer (Derbyshire Wildlife Trust) and Keith Rowland, Quarry Manager (Breedon Cement), invite the local primary school to its first Forest School class back in 2016.


The programme provides a highly valued enrichment opportunity for both staff and pupils.

Past feedback from local schools has been highly positive, here are just some of the comments:

Wendy Riley former supervisor of Bradwell Pre School commented; “The social, communication and language skills children develop naturally through playing in the woods is lovely to see and hear”

Bamford pupil Lenny added, “I like forest school because it activates my sense of creativity and allows me to be free in my mind”

Bishop Pursglove’s Headteacher Lynne Kilford comments below;

“It has been a privilege to work with Hope Valley Cement Works in their Forest School environment. It has enabled the children to have an understanding that ordinary, everyday things have a beauty all of their own and has given them the opportunity to become more nature-aware, to have fun in the natural world and to learn about the trees, plants, birds and animals on our doorstep. The children had the experience of nature directly through woodland art and play and had a thoroughly fantastic time. The Wildlife Leaders were excellent and the children returned to school eager to return back to the forest at the earliest opportunity. Our sincere thanks to Breedon and Hope Cement Works for funding this opportunity and we would love to continue with the project”.







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