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Our spaces

‘We have lots of creatures and wild stuff in here’

‘I really like that you can see nature and you can look at animals’

‘I like being in the woods because there are lots of places to hide and lots of things we can do, playing in the trees’

Appledore Primary School has a range of art and outdoor spaces that can be used individually, or combined, to create innovative learning environments and event locations. All spaces are available for hire.

These linked spaces offer opportunities for lessons, workshops, talks, social activities, home education enrichment, health and well-being, community projects, research, teacher training, holiday events, after school clubs, parent and toddler groups, team building and family activities.   Contact The Apple Tree Initiative team for further details.

Harbour art studio

The studio is an adaptable space, suitable for a range of activities, including workshops, meetings, exhibitions and social events. The main studio area is a light, fresh space, furnished with white tables and stools, providing an ideal blank canvas for unique and imaginative events. To the front is a wide expanse of glass doors, opening out onto steps down to the woodland classroom (with alternative wheelchair access). This link to the open-air classroom provides an option to extend studio activities out into this beautiful shaded, benched area. A second area of the studio provides a sink and preparation area, toilet and coat hooks.

Woodland classroom

The woodland classroom is an attractive fenced area, under a beautiful canopy of mature trees. It has a natural, all-weather surface and around the boundary are foraging gardens, edged with stone walling and woven hazel and willow. This classroom offers a defined space for focused activities, whilst also providing a relaxed, calming environment. It is linked to the art studio and the woodland area. At its centre is a story/fire circle, with low bench seating. Surrounding this are 6 large picnic benches, providing ample space for table-top activities. A tarpaulin can be erected to shelter the story/fire circle. To one side is an covered shelter, fitted with coat hooks.

The woods

The woodland area (traditionally referred to in the school as the ‘jungle’) is a mature stand of traditional woodland trees. From the first snowdrops to the last autumn fall of leaves, this area offers ample opportunities to build dens, be challenged, work with tools, tie knots, create magical worlds, paint, write, work as a team, search for fairies, run and hide, bug hunt, climb trees, explore the senses, swing, balance, enjoy mud, do messy experiments, discover nature or simply relax and listen to the birds. Tucked away at the far end of the woods, amongst the wild garlic, is a summer fire circle.


The pond is in a separately fenced area, adjacent to the woodland classroom. The enclosure is rich in wildlife, including slow worms, newts and a multitude of minibeasts. The pond provides a valuable additional learning resource and a rich addition to our diverse range of wildife habitats.