A new woodland kitchen for The Buchan Nursery

Wednesday 24th February 2021 |

Children at The Buchan Nursery have gained a fantastic new play and learning resource in a woodland kitchen built by Hartford Homes.

Tucked in the woods on the 13.5 acres of The Buchan School site, the new space includes a brand new mud kitchen with a sink, cooker and lots of cupboards where pupils can follow their own interests and make creations using the pots and pans, as well as the natural resources that surround them, such as grass, mud and water that has been collected in the new water butt. All the equipment is kept safe and dry in a new shed and the Hartford Homes team also crafted a swing for the little ones.

Outdoor learning is vital to children’s early development, including increasing self-esteem, developing a sense of freedom and helping them nurture healthy bodies and brains.

Eva Boyd leads the Nursery’s Buchan Rangers programme which facilitates outdoor learning. She said:

“I have been so lucky to have the opportunity to work with Hartford Homes on this new exciting project to develop the woodland area. The Buchan School has such wonderful grounds for the children of the school and nursery to play in. With a helping hand from the Hartford Homes team, we now have some lovely new equipment and outdoor resources to be a permanent fixture in the woods. There have been so many giggles and smiles during our Buchan Ranger’s sessions, thanks to our new facility. Play is such an important part of childhood and it is so beautiful to provide these children with the opportunity to play, form friendships, follow their own interests, find their confidence and take risks outdoors, whatever the weather. The benefits are huge, mentally and physically. We are all so very grateful and can't thank Hartford Homes enough.”

To say thank you to the team at Hartford Homes, nursery pupils wrapped up in their outdoor gear to welcome Hartford Homes Site Manager Chris Corkill back to the Buchan and presented him with a handmade card. He said:

“When we were approached by The Buchan School to help create a woodland and outdoor play area with mud kitchen, we were delighted to help."

"Our team have had immense fun crafting this space. At Hartford Homes we know how vital it is for children to have exciting, inspiring environments such as this to allow their imaginations to run wild. We hope the woodland kitchen will give students at the Buchan many hours of fun and creative play!”

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