Södra Wood, in partnership with Lawsons builders’ merchants and award-winning Adventure Playground Engineers (APES), has helped build a timber treehouse classroom for Morgans Primary School and Nursery in Hertford.
Morgans firmly believes that sometimes the best way to get the most out of the classroom is to leave it and take learning outside. They feel this results in happier, healthier, and more well-rounded students. Higher levels of motivation, greater independence, improved attitudes to learning, and greater enjoyment and achievement are just some of the benefits Morgans expects to see as a result of this outdoor timber classroom.
Timber was chosen for this project as it is strongly linked to numerous wellbeing benefits, from increasing learning rates and concentration levels to improving test results and attendance. Evidence also shows that nature can be an effective way to nurture all pupils regardless of their needs.
Paul Sexton, Lawsons’ Managing Director, describes how the project was brought to life: “Morgans approached us, shared an image of a small treehouse, and asked whether we could help. We said we’d love to and set our sights on much more than a treehouse! We wanted to create a purpose-built outdoor classroom that will help make a real difference. We approached Nigel at Södra Wood – our long-term timber supply partner – and asked for their help with the timber, and then we teamed up with Adventure Playground Engineers (APES) to help design and build the classroom.”
Nigel Buckley-Ryan, Sales Director, Merchants, at Södra Wood, commented: “We’re delighted to have helped out with this project. It’s wonderful to see schools like this implementing innovative projects for the benefit and wellbeing of its pupils. It’s also another brilliant example of the versatility and wellbeing benefits of wood. Not only is this treehouse multi-faceted and awesome to look at, but timber structures tend to have a calming effect on people. The use of timber also has the added advantage of being good for the environment. Morgans and its pupils can rest assured that the timber used for their treehouse will have really benefited the environment during its 50-70 years as a tree.”
Address: Södra Wood Ltd, Unit 18/19, Cirencester Office Park, Tetbury Road, Cirencester GL7 6JJ
Phone: +44 (0)1285 646000
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