High Weald

Children at Broadwater Down Primary School in Tunbridge Wells can now get outside and learn more about the beautiful landscape of their local area, after the school launched its new Welly Walk with a special assembly.

Broadwater Warren Welly Walk

Welly Walks are short, circular walks which start and finish at the school gate. The High Weald AONB Partnership’s Education Officer, Rachel Bennington, presented the school with 1,000 copies of its brand new Welly Walk leaflet after developing the route with pupils as part of the High Weald Heroes education programme.

Welly Walks inspire children to explore the history, geography and wildlife of the medieval landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB). Each route is designed to highlight unique High Weald features near a school, such as sunken lanes, gill streams, hedges, ancient woodland and wildflower grassland. Broadwater Down’s Welly Walk explores nearby Hargate Forest, which has existed since medieval times.

To date, the High Weald AONB Partnership has developed over 60 Welly Walks with primary schools across Kent and Sussex. Built around five key High Weald Hero ‘Actions’, the organisation’s education programme encourages schools to Find Out About; Explore; Take Care of; Be Proud of and Enjoy their local area.

Mrs Vicki Lonie, headteacher from Broadwater Down Primary School, said:
“The process of developing the Welly Walk has encouraged our pupils to explore and enjoy the natural habitats around them, and helped them recognise some of the historic features unique to the High Weald. They found the map work beforehand really interesting and that was before the mud came into play!! Our Year 5 pupils use some of the walk to reach their forest school destination and our outdoor learning will now be able to extend beyond our own woodland. We look forward to using our Welly Walk for years to come!”

Photo caption: Georgie celebrates the school's new Welly Walk.  

More information
For more information on Welly Walks or to find out how to become a High Weald Heroes school, visit our Schools' Learning Zone.
Find out more about Hargate Forest Nature Reserve, Tunbridge Wells.