A community effort to help children with special needs at Parkview School


Forest schools are outdoor learning areas, where children learn first-hand about the outdoors and nature.

The project was piloted and funded by the charity Friends of Parkview. Past President Kevin Ryan explained, “The school is blessed with great staff who are constantly coming up with new ideas to help the children. The concept of the forest school is one of them.

“A plan has been drawn up by the Friends of Parkview to provide forestry schools in two areas within the school grounds – one junior and one senior. Of course, such projects need funding and fortunately one of our members, Alderman Amanda Grehan, was able to help us identify substantial funding opportunities.

Volunteers who helped establish forestry schools in Parkview

“Recently, we were faced with the prospect of moving 60 cubic meters of bark chips to the two forestry schools, in a short period of time, when the children were not there. Amanda asked me what additional help was needed. My answer was one word – Helpers. After a few calls, we were delighted to have several dozen volunteer helpers here over the past few weekends.

“Special thanks to Ballymacash Rangers Football Club, St Patrick’s GAA Lisburn, Ballymacash Sports Academy, Canal Boxing Club, SAF Groundwork, Glenavy GAA, Balloo Hire, Lisburn Rugby Club, Lisburn Community Police and all the dedicated members of Friends of Parkview with the children’s parents.

Volunteers helped establish forestry schools in Parkview
All on deck to help create two forestry schools in Parkview
Alderman Amanda Grehan with Kevin Ryan, Past President of Friends of Parkview
Volunteers helped create two new forestry schools at Parkview Special School
Working hard to establish forestry schools in Parkview
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