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Plans revealed for new forest school near Padstow

Plans revealed for new forest school near Padstow

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:50am 13th July 2018. (Updated at 7:39am 13th July 2018)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans have been submitted for a new forest school and kindergarten near Padstow.

The Nature Kindergarten and Forest School is planned on land east of Trethias Farm at Treyarnon, near Padstow.

A planning application has been submitted to Cornwall Council to change the use of the land from agricultural to education and for a small timber building and compost toilet as well as a parking and drop-off area.

In a design and access statement included with the plans it states that the school would:

"Provide much needed term time and school holiday childcare/education for local families in a natural, outdoor setting and provide employment for three members of staff”.

It adds: “Currently existing local pre-schools are struggling to meet demand for places, and there is no school holiday care available in the area. The proposed development would provide much needed childcare places and school holiday care for the parish.

“The proposed Nature Kindergarten and Forest School would provide a valuable community resource for local families and have a positive impact on health, wellbeing and community resilience.”

The application explans that the forest school needs to be in a “relatively untouched” setting with learning taking place in the natural environment. A small octagonal building is required on the site “for shelter in extreme weather”.

A compost toilet would also be provided and the documents state that such toilets “produce no odour”. Water from handwashing would be used for irrigation and biodegradable soap will be used.

The forest school would also have a log circle for a seating area as well as an area for campfire cooking, a rope swing and a mud kitchen.

Under the plans the school would have a zero waste policy with parents encouraged to send children with packed lunches with no single use plastic packaging.

A compost bin will be used for fruit waste and any food scraps will be collected and used to feed pigs and chickens on a neighbouring farm. For children still in nappies they will be bagged and sent home for parents to dispose of.

No date has been set for when the planning application might be decided.

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