Forest School

In 2008, Craigievar School was one of the first schools in Scotland to become a Forest School and have, in the past, used the wonderful forest, owned by the National Trust, which is just a short walk up the hill behind the school.

Sadly, Storm Arwen in November 2021 and Storm Malik in February 2022 caused considerable damage to the woodland where we hold our Forest School. The National Trust have now cleared the area, and in March 2024 the whole school were involved in re-planting a section of the forest with Scots Pines and other native trees. We are looking forward to watching them grow, and another wonderful area forming that will be available for us to use in the future. We will be working with the National Trust North East Ranger Service during this period to learn about conservation, storm damage, and the local wildlife that live in the forest and around Craigievar Castle.

In the meantime, we are so fortunate to have our very own wildlife garden and forest school area in the grounds of the school. We have had some great Forest School sessions, with the pupils making popcorn over the firepit, hunting for bugs, sawing logs and doing leaf rubbings etc.