Guardians of the Garden, or GOGs is the name given by the children to our outdoor learning program. Every fortnight the children partake in a wide range of outdoor learning activities from gardening to Forest Schools.

Research shows that unstructured play and outdoor activity promotes academic readiness in numerous ways, including impacting cognitive development, social interactions, and health and wellness. We believe that our Guardians of the Garden program…

  • Enhances creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
  • Boosts reading, writing, maths, social studies, and science performance.
  • Increases focus and attention while reducing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Increases enthusiasm for and engagement with learning.
  • Improves relationship skills and impulse control.
  • Reduces anger, stress, and disruptive behavior.
  • Reduces nearsightedness.
  • Increases physical activity, which reduces the risk of obesity.

What is Forest School?

Forest Schools are nature-based communities where trained practitioners nurture learner led exploration and discovery, nurturing meaningful experiences for positive lifelong impacts.   Wellbeing is the foundation of our practice and through recognising the social, emotional and physical needs of participants we provide the guidance and facilitation for our time in nature. Through creating learner inspired experiences based on exploration and discovery, we recognise opportunities to mentor holistic growth over the course of long-term programmes. In developing the community, we nurture a culture based on collaboration and of embracing challenge so that we can allow, over time, for the blossoming of character, resilience and empathy, and for a greater sense of connection, with nature and for our shared future.


Benhall St. Mary's CofE Primary School
School Lane, Benhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1HE

Headteacher: Mrs Julia Bowles

Email: admin@benhallschool.co.uk • Tel: 01728 602407