Outdoor learning just got better with donated timber

The Nature School has built an outdoor learning and natural play area, thanks to donated timber from Forestry Corporation of NSW and Boral.

The donated logs and sawn timber have been used to create a one of a kind natural play area for The Nature School students to explore, as well as decked learning areas that complement the outdoor learning philosophy embraced by the school.

The project is a great example of timber’s benefits as a building material, said Forestry Corporation’s Partnership Coordinator, Sandra Madeley

“Kids have a natural instinct to explore and be outdoors, and when approached by The Nature School, we were more than happy to support this project with donated timber,” Ms Madeley said.

“We provided hardwood logs from our local state forests north west of Port Macquarie.

“Seeing a local renewable resource used in place of a manufactured plastic playground is very satisfying; it’s good for our environment and good for local jobs.”

The Nature School is excited with the new area, said Head Teacher, Catherine Oehlman.

"We are absolutely thrilled with our new play space; it really combines the elements of fire, water and earth,” Ms Oehlman said.

“There are lots of open ended opportunities for play, and the climbing structure is both physically challenging and visually stunning."

In addition to the logs, Forestry Corporation was also pleased to provide sawn timber as part of the Community Timber Partnerships Project.

This project was formed by Forestry Corporation, Boral Timber and Planet Ark to salvage around 1,000 cubic metres of flooring and decking products impacted by the Murwillumbah floods in 2017.

The new playground and learning areas was officially opened in a celebration on Friday 31st May.

The Community Timber Partnerships Project is endorsed by Planet Ark, under their Make it Wood program (www.makeitwood.org).

For more information about Forestry Corporation of NSW, visit www.forestrycorporation.com.au

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