School brings nature to the centre of Nelson

Pupils at Whitefield Primary School in Nelson enjoy a splash of fun in the new "Forest Stream". (S)
Pupils at Whitefield Primary School in Nelson enjoy a splash of fun in the new "Forest Stream". (S)
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Pupils at a Nelson primary school are enjoying the benefits of a natural environment in the middle of an urban area.

A forest stream has recently been completed in the grounds of Whitefield Primary School giving the feeling of woodland surrounds amid terraced housing.

Landscape architect Nick Riley talks to pupils at Whitefield Primary School in Nelson which has a new "Forest Stream" in the grounds. (S)

Landscape architect Nick Riley talks to pupils at Whitefield Primary School in Nelson which has a new "Forest Stream" in the grounds. (S)

The school approached Landscape Engineering Ltd to create the stream with the aim of providing children with opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in woodland or a natural environment with trees.

Designed and built in house, a terraced waterfall with pump and self-fed water supply has been created allowing the children to control the flow of water and the stone used is imported glacial granite inset into a concrete bed.

Landscape architect Nick Riley, from Landscape Engineering, said: “Unfortunately we can’t be totally natural when creating something like this, a little bit of cheating gets us what we need.

“Importing large tree stumps gives that forest feel and an instant impact that we need.

Whitefield Primary School in Nelson has a new "Forest Stream" in the grounds. (S)

Whitefield Primary School in Nelson has a new "Forest Stream" in the grounds. (S)

“Children will be able to experience the feeling of a forest stream without having to pile onto an expensive bus with the rest of the class and travel a few miles towards Pendle perhaps.

“The stream feature is set in an ‘outdoor area’ within the school grounds. Here children will be able to create their own play in an innovative way that will stimulate the mind and sensory experience.

“They will learn from one another and hopefully grow to love what the outside has to offer.

“iPads are great tools, but hands, rocks and sticks are just as much fun and having to move around and interact and be active is what outside play times and lessons are all about.

“Working with the school has been a delight and having teachers that are so keen on outdoor activities and not worried about getting muddy is inspirational. The children obviously love their school and the learning.”