Forest school is all about play outdoors in all weathers. There is no such thing as bad weather: just bad clothing! We have a traditional hazel ‘bender’ shelter as well as parachute and tarpaulins for rain and cold. However, there are certain weather conditions that will affect the running of the Forest School.
High winds can be dangerous in woodland because of the dangers of falling branches and damage to shelters. We monitor the forecast and our site closely. Our site is fairly sheltered from Southerly and Easterly winds, but, being on a hill, is exposed from the other directions. This means that we will have to close if winds are:
Gusting 39mph from North or West
Gusting 45 mph from any direction
The staff will stay informed of the weather conditions via the Met Office Web Site. We will always try to give 24 hours notice, however we may need to cancel on the day if weather changes suddenly / overnight. We will inform parents by text and email.
Snow and ice
Our site may also close if snow and ice make the roads too dangerous for travel. As above, we will monitor the site and forecast closely and aim to give at least 24 hours notice by text or email.