Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:03
Welshonion, I take your point. I am a teacher with experience of forest schools. They are a wonderful and liberating experience for children, they learn so much from exploring a natural environment.
But Moira hasn't been asked to develop a forest school, she's been asked to create a risk-free environment, which in this litigious age many schools feel far more comfortable with. I currently work in an inner city school, where the children's knowledge of anything green is limited, and behaviour issues mean that a safe environment is paramount, from a management point of view.
I don't think you should be antagonising and attacking Moira for trying to create something that doesn't fit in with your personal beliefs, she should be praised for trying her best with a limited brief.
As for geraniums, bees love the flowers on my scented leaf geraniums! They're not woodland plants, certainly, I was just trying to think of something children would find engaging.