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School pupils from a Scottish Borders schol with their John Muir Award CertificatesNature Unlimited delivers Forest School programmes, which can incorporate the John Muir Award, to primary and secondary schools across the Scottish Borders. In order for pupils to gain lasting benefits, we recommend that programmes last for a minimum of 12 weeks or one term.

Participants on our programmes have benefited from increased self-esteem, improved communication skills & emotional intelligence and have become more confident learners.

Guidance Teacher, Selkirk High School

“There was acceptance into the group for one of the boys who is on the autistic spectrum and has always been on the edges of school society. For this pupil there was a massive increase in confidence in the outdoors. He does not like getting his hands dirty but was happily using tools and making dens with his team by the end. He tried many activities that were new to him. He spoke about his feelings, which is very difficult for him. It was a pleasure to see him blossom……… The forest became a place of calm (largely) a place where confidence grew, a place to have fun, a place to learn skills and a place to achieve success. It definitely has had a positive effect on the boys.”

P4/5 Teacher, Lilliesleaf Primary School

“P4/5 at Lilliesleaf Primary invited experts from Nature Unlimited to school and enjoyed a morning of Forest Schools Activity in their nature garden. This term the adventurous pupils have been learning possible ways to find drinking water in hostile environments, boiling dirty water, building simple filtration systems and experimenting with solar stills. Nature Unlimited showed the children how to create water filtration systems using resources they had to hand out in the woods, making the process much clearer to understand. The children were challenged to create a waterproof den and were delighted to stay dry when their dens were put to the test. A highlight of the morning was creating a fire, on which to boil the water, using  birch branches and mosses. There was a definite (tricky)  technique to creating the sparks to ignite the fire!

The children enjoyed a wide range of activities, describing them as “exciting”, “great fun” and wondering “why don’t we do this every day in school?” “