A Stepping Stone Forest is a small, densely planted forest using native species of trees and shrubs. Due to the dense nature of the planting the trees and shrubs grow very rapidly.
Stepping Stone Forests provide natural oases for Irish wildlife. They also provide vital ecosystem services that greatly benefit us humans also
The planting area is prepared by covering it with layers of cardboard, newspaper and wood chip mulch. Over the past few weeks the pupils collected lots of cardboard and today all classes lay out the cardboard on the grass area and covered it with bark.
In approximately six months time the community volunteers and the schoolchildren will plant the trees and shrubs at a rate of three per square meter. We hope to have 400 trees planted in our forest – to create an outdoor classroom.
Stepping Stone forests for schools are excellent educational tools that enhance the knowledge and appreciation of nature in children.
These forests are small, dense, native woodland habitats on the grounds of schools. Stepping Stone forests are outdoor classrooms. The little forests provide an opportunity for classes to spend time outside learning about nature. Children grow and mature along with the forest. There are a lot of reports and online materials that demonstrate the fantastic benefits for children of being exposed to forests and to learning in a natural environment.