The Good from Woods research project explored how people are benefiting, personally and socially, from woodland activities in southwest England. Initiatives that deliver woodland activities recorded how participants feel about their experiences in order to build an evidence base.
Mayflower Academy – Physical health and wellbeing outcomes of LINE
Research focus: to explore children’s experience of outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) and how that impacts on their physical health and wellbeing. The research took place at Mayflower Primary Academy, Plymouth, and expands on the Woodland Health for Youth (WHY) project that also took place at the school.
Wellbeing outcomes in brief: children in Key Stage 1 want to play when outdoors. Increased freedom to learn through play outdoors at this stage in the children’s learning may improve their wellbeing, and so their abilities to learn and develop new skills. The preparation for learning outdoors is lengthy and complex for 6/7 year olds (wet weather kit storage, getting dressed etc.), but it is all a part of the process and necessary life skills for children to learn outdoors.
Read the summary report of the Mayflower Academy LINE wellbeing project (pdf)