Green Light's 'Branching Out' project with Alde Valley School, Leiston


Touching the Tide has helped fund The Green Light Trust (GLT) as part of its ‘Branching Out’ project. Working in partnership with the RSPB at Minsmere GLT is working with twelve year 10 students from Alde Valley School in Leiston.

Having started in September the students will attend a day every other week up until Christmas. The focus of the programme is to offer an opportunity to engage with an alternative to the standard curriculum. So far the students have learnt survival skills; worked as a team to hoist each other 30 feet up an oak tree; coppiced trees to improve ground flora along a woodland ride and made benches out of a large oak which blew over in the 1987 gale.

Kim Minns who is responsible for the group from Alde Valley School commented “Tom and a colleague are working with a challenging group of Year 10 students. They are all taking Personal and Social Development as a qualification and with GLT we are working on the demanding Environmental Awareness unit. As part of this the students are being taken out of their comfort zone. Working in all weathers not one student mentioned the atrocious rain as they were hoisted 30 feet up in the air! Students were very much relying on each other in a supportive way and I would highly recommend the course for any student.”

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