BREAKING NEWS: Midhurst children’s Forest School camp is vandalised

The vandalised Forest Schools campsite
The vandalised Forest Schools campsite
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LESS than 24 hours after Midhurst Primary School pupils enjoyed a post exam treat in Woolbeding Parkland, vandals trashed their Forest Schools camp.

The children who have been taking part in the outdoor learning programme since last year, were putting their new skills into practice lighting a fire, toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate.

But on Saturday Fiona Scully community warden for the National Trust which owns the land discovered the camp had been wrecked for the second time.

“The fire circle logs had been removed and scattered and the woven shelter and hand made table had been wrecked and the poles scattered about,” said Fiona.

“The first time was by bikers who ran a trail through the bluebell paths. They attacked the camp, removing logs, smashing all the built structures, the table and woven shelter.”

Headteacher Matthew Barnes said: “It is very frustrating for our whole school community, particularly for the children.

“Part of the learning is about understanding how to respect our environment and leave it in a way we would like to find it.

“The children have really taken this on board and are very proud of the woodland. They are careful not to damage it in any way and it is hard for them to understand why other people show such little respect.

“The staff are also unhappy as they know the impact it can have on what the children are trying to achieve.”