Saffron Heath is a six acre site with numerous heritage features including unusual local varieties of fruit and nut trees, a pre-Victorian field pond and an Anderson shelter. The heritage aspects of the Heath are an important component of the range of educational and training opportunities we can offer to local people, schools and other groups, based around horticultural and environmental experiences.
To maximise these opportunities we have an on-site classroom and kitchen, and can offer guided sessions to fit in with a range of school curriculum themes including habitats, the elements, environmental art, materials and construction, recycling, and growing fruit and vegetables. Alongside educational visits, we can offer the facilities for a fun day out; hunting for bugs, building a den, and cooking on a camp fire or on our large BBQ.
We can cater for up to 30 children on this fascinating site; either a full day or half day depending on your requirements. Due to the nature of our site we require a ratio of one responsible adult/teacher to five children. A typical visit could include den building, bug hunting, a butterfly trail, a seed-sowing or planting activity, environmental art, habitats identification, a picnic in the orchard and a tour of the site. Activities can link directly to areas of the curriculum including Art and Design, Citizenship and PSHE, Design and Technology, English, Geography, ICT, Maths and Science. Pupils can also undertake project work on our site.
With larger groups (over 30 children) visiting Saffron Heath for a full day, we can arrange a two-group structure incorporating a session at Saffron Acres and a session at Goldhill Adventure Playground, with groups swapping over at lunch time. Activities would depend on the age group and link to their curriculum, taking into account the time of year and growing season.
Our experienced staff are all fully CRB/DBS checked and first aid trained. The Project Manager holds the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) award and a Diploma in Play Work. We already work with children and young people from different backgrounds who have a range of educational needs. We are friendly and approachable so children and young people can come to us with ideas or problems and we can put them at their ease. We are flexible and can adapt the method of programme delivery to suit all abilities.
The site is also fully enclosed, with secure parking.
For more information on Saffron Heath, please contact us directly.