The Milestone Infrastructure team working with Devon County Council recently transformed Castle Primary School, Tiverton, from a pile of brambles and weeds into a magical forest for children to explore and learn in.

The new forest area is great for adventuring in nature and building shelters.

Jo Hutter, a teacher at Castle Primary School, said: “We had an area in the grounds that was overrun with brambles but would make a wonderful forest school. There are gorgeous trees and lots of space for learning and play areas. But we never had time or resources to make that happen.”

Charlene March, Cyclical Scheduler at Milestone said: “I chose Castle Primary School as my community project because I wanted to give something back to the local community and to my children who are currently pupils at the school.”

Dan Trott, Area Manager at Milestone said: “We are heavily committed to our local communities. We give all of our people the opportunity to give a day back to a community project and Charlene chose Castle Primary School.”


The team of volunteers cleared the area of brambles and weeds and created an outdoor classroom area with chairs made from tree sections and a bench donated by Hartwood Treeworks, a local company that specialises in tree surgery and landscaping. They also left some materials for the children to use for building insect homes and other forest school activities.

The children were thrilled to try out the new forest school. They had lots of ideas about what else to add to the forest school, such as bird feeders, fairy houses and mud kitchens.

Mrs Noble, Head Teacher at Castle Primary School, said: “We’re keen that our children understand more about the environment they live in. We’d like to thank Milestone and colleagues for doing this for us, it was very generous and will make a big difference.”

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