Children, Young People & Schools

Inspire young imaginations and foster a lifelong connection with nature.

Empowering youth through nature engagement

At Greenwood Music, we collaborate with schools and organisations to offer children and young people a dose of nature. Through a blend of activities set within our ancient woodland, we create enriching experiences focused on fostering positive wellbeing. From the physical agility developed by climbing trees and the creativity involved in building camps, to learning the names of trees, fire-lighting skills and knifework techniques, the woods offer children and young people so many ways to grow.

Children and young people who spend regular time in nature tend to experience an increase in self-confidence, problem-solving skills, motor skills and the capacity to learn. Developing an early appreciation of nature sets up a positive relationship for life, ensuring nature will continue to be a source of relaxation and connection throughout adulthood. The connection young people have with nature is particularly important given that they will face the greatest consequences of climate change.

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Please reach out if you would like to explore opportunities to collaborate with us for the benefit of children and young people. Or, if you’re a business and would like to support our programmes, we’d love to hear from you.

Tavistock youth cafe

Tavistock Youth Café (TYC) is a charity for young people in Tavistock offering a safe place to relax and hang out, mix with their peers and get involved in various activities.  Initially TYC came to the woods on numerous occasions for our wellbeing in nature workshops including an overnight experience: these were funded by the Tamara Landscape Project.

After proving such a remarkable success TYC collaborated with Greenwood Music CIC in a joint Awards for All bid.  The project was aimed at young people experiencing difficulties with poor mental health and barriers to learning. This project gave them the opportunity to work outdoors using traditional wood working skills. The build part of the project took place at Caradon Woods: there were two groups of 12 to 17s- referred via GPs, College, Parents, Social workers with some self-referrals.  The project was conducted over a period of eight weeks beginning with a design and consultation session at the Community Sensory Garden, followed by the construction of two large duck habitats and wooden xylophone for the sensory garden. Participants also made their own bird feeder to take home to put in their family gardens.

plymouth foyer

Along with Plymouth Foyer staff, we addressed growing concerns about the mental health of young adults in this supported accommodation. To counter the toll of lockdown restrictions, we offered nature immersion experiences to facilitate self-reflection and alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. Food was enjoyed around the open fire, providing a chance for connection and conversation.

Through a four-day programme, participants engaged in greenwood craft, conservation, and mindful nature immersion, all while disconnecting from digital devices. With 16 young people, including five Kurdish unaccompanied minors, and five Foyer staff, the workshops not only aided participants but also supported staff wellbeing.

trinity school

Trinity School sought a unique year six residential experience, and Greenwood Music was the perfect fit. Sleeping in bell tents on our three-acre meadow, this two-day, overnight experience included greenwood craft, forest school activities, river-dipping and insect identification. This experience was co-designed with members of the school staff team, with input from the children themselves.

Children actively participated in camp duties, sharing cooking and washing responsibilities, while also enjoying playful team games and challenges. Feedback showed the swim in the beautiful River Lynher and the nighttime hide-and-seek activity were highlights. They were looking for adventure and to immerse themselves in a wild place, and our wild-glamping offer certainly hit the mark.