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Kids encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors

Posted 10 December 2009
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Kids encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors
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Children in south Wales have been encouraged to enjoy nature with an outdoor classroom in the Brecon Beacons.

The Garwnant Forest classroom has been established as part of a partnership between the Rhondda Cynon Taf education authority and the Forestry Commission's Woodlands for Learning project, the BBC reports.

It has been designed to help build self-reliance and self esteem among underperforming children, based on a model developed in Scandinavia in the 1950s and 1960s.

The idea of using the great outdoors to expand childrens' horizons is something that may encourage parents to invest in items such as walking equipment and rucksacks to help their own kids get into the countryside more often.

Children have been involved in another Forestry Commission project, which is aimed at getting a million trees planted by youngsters in the UK.

Partnering with News of the World, the Royal Mail and Tesco, it has 30,000 schools involved and may help kids develop a love for the outdoors.

Posted by Brandon Egley