Tod­dlers’ for­est ban

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

The Na­tional Trust has come un­der fire for evict­ing a for­est play­group from its land de­spite run­ning a cam­paign to get more chil­dren out­doors.

For­est Kinder­garten has been op­er­at­ing in the char­ity’s wood­land near Sevenoaks, Kent, since 2014 and is rated out­stand­ing by Of­sted.

It al­lows chil­dren aged three to five to roam the area.

But play­group bosses have said they are baf­fled to learn the trust would not re­new its an­nual £1,500 li­cence to op­er­ate in the Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est amid fears the pres­ence of chil­dren is af­fect­ing an­cient trees and wildlife.

A pe­ti­tion is now de­mand­ing the Na­tional Trust per­form a U-turn.

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