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Our Forest Schools Site- Merrywood Farm

Merrywood Farm is a working pig farm which is situated in Lyne, Surrey. We are lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to use the woodland attached to the farm for our Forest Schools sessions.

The farm has had many previous uses, which included being a Lettuce farm and 18 hole golf course! The children love listening to the history of the farm and seeing how it has changed over the years. 

The woodland itself has changed considerably over the last 30 years. The development of natural areas and the woodland, has led to a far greater number of animals and wild life inhabiting the woods. Woodland management and maintenance is an important feature of our Forest school sessions, ensuring the woodland continues to provide a rich environment for the species that have since returned to the farm, as well as animals who have been a regular feature on the farm for years. Our wildlife camera has captured some great video footage and photos, of just some of the wild life that reside in the woodland.


The woodland has a variety of different areas to explore, different terrain to negotiate and a variety of trees to climb! 


During sessions, the children take ownership for the site and work with Mr Ruby, the Land Owner, in taking steps to ensure the land is managed and maintained, whilst looking after the wildlife and the environment. This includes moving logs and fallen trees and discussing next steps for site development! 


The children will travel to and from the farm using the school minibus. 

Stepgates Community School
  • Stepgates Community School
  • Stepgates, Chertsey,
  • Surrey, KT16 8HT,
  • United Kingdom
  • If you have any queries please contact Mrs Kemp
  • Our SENDCo is Mrs Diana Muller who can be contacted via the school email address
  • Telephone: 01932 563022
  • Email: info@stepgates.surrey.sch.uk
  • For Absences please email: office@stepgates.surrey.sch.uk
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