Woodland explorers visit Batsford Arboretum


Transition’s School Trip had finally arrived, all 30 children have been counting down since returning after Easter; some children starting the day at 4am unable to cope with sleeping any longer requesting “is it time yet?” The buzz and excitement filled the Nursery before we set out for the highly anticipated coach journey to Batsford Arboretum.

The coach finally reached its destination, Batsford Arboretum, where we were greeted by a lively and enthusiastic Forest School Leader who began our adventure with a treasure hunt to find different woodland animals followed by a delightful dig for mini-beasts using bug tweezers, magnifying glasses and bug viewer for an up close inspection of their finds (one child in particular managing to squeeze 7 large slugs into one viewer! )

If the jam-packed morning was not pleasurable enough; the delight on all the children’s faces was for all to see when lunchtime finally arrived the opening of their lunchboxes and flowing conversations surrounding what was in them was total joy!

Concluding our visit by a luxurious walk around the Arboretum, seeing waterfalls, streams and even a new species of tree called the Handkerchief Tree which was founded in China on our walk, the children collected all manner of ‘treasures’ to take home to share with Mummy and Daddy; a wonderful day was had by all which resulted in several sleepers on our coach journey home.