Forest School

Woodland Arts and Outdoor Learning

This year Tanio – Valley and Vale Community Arts and Sony UK Technology Centre were finalists at the Arts & Business Awards having been shortlisted in the category of Arts, Business and the Environment. For the past 18 months Tanio – Valley and Vale Community Arts have been working in partnership with Sony at their site in Pencoed to deliver a programme of forest school, woodland arts and outdoor learning for people of all ages and abilities.

Our provision is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Sony Environmental Centre and runs throughout the year. Our partnership has allowed us to develop the programme and promote the values and benefits of Forest School by exploring nature and the environment using art and creativity.

We have welcomed over 2000 participants to the centre so far, this includes schools, community groups and children and adults with additional learning needs and/or autism. The programme also supports local schools to fulfil their Forest School and curriculum objectives with expertise from our Forest School Leaders and experienced arts practitioners.

Project Workers Alys Byrne, Alison McGann, Emma Bowen, Emily Ruck and Claire Thomas

If you would like further information on the project please contact Alys Byrne on 01656 729246 or [email protected]


"Our partnership with Tanio - Valley and Vale has allowed us to provide our pupils with exciting, outdoor learning opportunities that develop important life skills. The experienced staff plan purposeful, well structured activities that challenge our children to take risks and develop as independent, perseverant learners. We are extremely grateful to the teams at Sony and Tanio - Valley and Vale for allowing us to benefit from the fantastic facility at the Sony Environment Centre and we look forward to continuing this excellent community partnership."

Adam Raymond (Deputy Headteacher, Pencoed Primary School)

"As an alternative provision (PRU) we have been working with the team at Tanio - Valley and Vale for over a year. Our pupils always look forward to a Wednesday and thrive on being in the open space and being encouraged to develop a range of skills both social and practical with challenges set such as den building, making bird feeders, survival skills and playing games. Fire lighting is definitely a favourite closely followed by using tools such as the saws to complete projects. Watching children start with little respect for their natural environment to becoming fiercely protective of it is a real pleasure and our pupils would not have these opportunities without the fantastically talented team."

Laura Evans (Key Stage 2 Teacher, The Bridge Alternative Provision)