Enjoying Fife’s great outdoors

Councillor Brian Goodall at Lochore Meadows.
Councillor Brian Goodall at Lochore Meadows.
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FIFE Council has developed a plan to promote the Kingdom’s outdoors as a great place to learn and be physically active.

The Fife Outdoor Learning strategy sets out a three year plan to encourage groups, staff and the public to take part in outdoor learning activities.

The aim of the plan, which was developed by Fife’s outdoor education team in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, is to build on the good work already taking place in Fife as well as letting people of all ages know how and where to make use of outdoor spaces and learning opportunities.

Ali Dreyer, outdoor learning officer, explained: “We want to use the strategy to promote outdoor spaces for play, training and activity opportunities, including Natural Connections, our own outdoor learning programme, which provides a structured way of learning and achieving in the outdoors.”

Another key aim of the new strategy is to develop a network of enthusiastic outdoor learning advocates with relevant training and experience to deliver outdoor learning activities and experiences.

The outdoor education team is based at the outdoor education centre situated within Lochore Meadows County Park.

It offers a strong and varied mix of informal and formal leisure experiences, although a number of activity programmes are delivered at other locations both in and beyond Fife.

Councillor Brian Goodall, chair of the housing and communities committee, visited the outdoor education centre to help launch a new brochure which highlights the range of activity courses available via the outdoor education team.

He said: “Taking part in outdoor learning is important and helps build skills and confidence.

“I’m sure that the new outdoor learning strategy will let people know how to get involved and take advantage of what Fife has to offer.”