Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is committed to promoting our parks and open spaces as important educational and recreational resources and Forest Schools is a great way to achieve this. The number of Forest Schools in Northern Ireland is increasing and we are proud to be at the forefront of this initiative.
This year, all the schools in the Borough had the opportunity to take part in the Forest School programme via the Forest School Awards. Three schools have now been selected to take part in the 2017 Forest Schools programme.
Carrickfergus Central Primary School have chosen Shaftesbury Park as their site. Shaftesbury Park is a charming Victorian park in Carrickfergus town centre with plenty of mature tree specimens and is connected to Carrickfergus Mill Ponds Nature Reserve which is home to a wide range of wildlife.
Kirkinriola Primary School have chosen Ecos Nature Park as their site. Ecos Nature Park is an oasis of wildlife close to the heart of Ballymena town centre. The site is 220 acres of parkland, maturing woodland, peaceful lake, ponds, and meadows.
St Johns Primary School have chosen Cranny Falls Nature Reserve, Carnlough as their site. Cranny Falls includes a beautiful waterfall in a wooded valley and a disused limestone quarry, where there are cliffs, wetlands and grasslands.