Opening of the Wilderness
23 Nov 2015
Mr Clayton Banks joined with the Governors, Headmaster, Bursar and Reception and Year 1 pupils and teachers to formally open the Wilderness area on Friday 20 November.
Under the direction and vision of Mrs Welch, the area has been transformed over the course of the last two years, each term seeing steady progression towards the superb development that children of all ages across the school are now able to enjoy. Ahead of inviting Mr Banks to cut the ribbon, the Headmaster recalled that, on his arrival, the sizeable area was not at all accessible, such was the depth of undergrowth and problems provided by frequently waterlogged ground. At that point it was hard to imagine the many educational benefits the area now has (as illustrated), these having been developed and restored naturally over a period of time.
The Headmaster recognised with appreciation the time and energy Mrs Welch had put into the project, and thanked the Friends of Witham for their interest and financial support of the project at the outset. He also thanked Mr Luke Graham, Bursar, and his team of staff, alongside Mr Alex Exton, Head Groundsman, for their considerable time and dedication.
Outdoor Learning and Bushcraft are now held in the Wilderness on a weekly basis, with the areas also providing a wonderful onsite resource for fieldwork within Art, Science and Geography. The breadth of opportunities it will provide moving forward is endless!