Forest school donations

Magna continues to invest in its local community

As part of its commitment to invest in the work of local communities, Magna Housing has donated materials to support the opening of the new Fontmell Down Forest School.

As part of its commitment to invest in the work of local communities, Magna Housing has donated materials to support the opening of the new Fontmell Down Forest School.   

Responding to a call for help, Magna saw an opportunity to make a difference for local people and quickly committed to supporting this work. As a local employer and housing provider, Magna is keen to support this type of opportunity for young people to learn and develop in a safe and inspirational environment. 

Magna’s Chief Executive, Selina White, said 

“We know how important the health benefits for children are of spending time outdoors in woodland areas, and especially so with the restrictions on social interaction, we’ve experienced in the last 15 months or so. This is why we’re excited to be supporting the work of the National Trust to help children in our communities enjoy new experiences and adventures.  

"For us, this isn’t just about donating items to get the school up and running. We want to get more involved and see this as an opportunity to really make a difference and be part of something which will have a positive impact on many local children. This fits so well with our ambitions around the environment, wellbeing, and community development and we’re really proud to play a part in this wonderful initiative as it opens up”. 

Clive Whitbourn North Dorset Area Ranger for the National Trust added 

‘“The generous donations from Magna for combination locks, tarps and cooking kit have been essential for getting the Forest School up and running this year and will really help to make a positive difference to local children both now and in the future, which is just brilliant and so needed. Thank you”.  

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Magna Housing

Notes to editors

Picture LtoR: Clive Whitbourne (North Dorset Area Ranger for the National Trust), Selina White (Chief Executive, Magna housing) Liz Flight (National Trust Partnership & Programming and Business Support Co-ordinator West Dorset)  Phil Owen (Multi-skilled Carpenter, Magna Housing)

Notes for editors

About Magna Housing: Magna Housing is a medium-sized, forward-looking housing association, providing high quality and affordable homes across Dorset and Somerset. Our main activities are the construction, management and acquisition of non-market housing. We own and manage nearly 9000 properties and have a workforce of about 450 people. We aim to build 500 more homes over the next three years.

We were established over 30 years ago and our current structure was formed in 2017 with the amalgamation of Magna Housing Ltd, Magna Housing Association Ltd and Magna West Somerset Housing Association Ltd.

Our vision is to create great homes together and we work closely with our customers and partners to deliver this.

We provide a range of homes, tenures and services; from rental to shared ownership; from leaseholds to sheltered; from garages to handyman services. We work with others to create communities where people choose to live.  We can do this because we are large enough to influence but small enough to care.

Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking.