News / Community 14.12.21

Creating a Forest School in the Heart of Inner-City London

Forest School - Thomas Buxton Primary School

As part of Maylim’s commitment to local communities we look to offer our support to benefit the communities surrounding our key projects across London. In connection with our work at Exchange Square for British Land, we were delighted to utilise our landscaping expertise to create a forest school at Thomas Buxton Primary School.

Located in Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets, the 150m2 plot was overgrown, overlooked and had accessibility issues. Our team worked with the school to agree a design which would create a functional, safe and exciting new space. The installation of hazel hurdle shields the garden from public view and surfaced pathways have improved accessibility. Built using recycled materials, raised planters provide ample space for the children to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. Leftover materials will enable the children to construct bug hotels and dens as part of their learning experience.

Working closely with Spitalfields City Farm, the Thomas Buxton Primary School ensures that children have the opportunity to learn more about nature. It’s hoped that this new space is beneficial in expanding their learning and connection with the great outdoors.

Lorraine Flanagan, Headteacher at Thomas Buxton Primary School, said; “Our thanks to the Maylim Heroes for totally transforming our inner-city scrubland into a magical area for forest school experiences. Our children are fortunate that they now have a safe place to explore the natural world. They have space to build campfires, make dens and experience life outdoors in the heart of London. We cannot thank Maylim enough for the amazing dedication of their team. They worked throughout the weekends to get the job finished and have created a space which our children and their families will value for years. Thank you!”