Today was for visits of school grounds, we seen two schools and an after-school club. Being a Sunday, the schools were locked up yet we were able to roam the grounds as the public would on a weekend. The first school was in the district of Rosengard, which has a reputation of dense immigration levels and poverty. There is a history of rioting on here and disputes between the people and police. The roads were clean, children were playing out, the grounds were natural, thoughtfully considered and the public used and respected the environment equally as the children were expected to. Features such as woodlands blending into further woodland with no indication of boundaries apart from to the road, random stone fixtures built by what we’ve assumed the children and/or parents/staff. Logs and tree trunks create seated areas and have potential for much more. Its a shame we could not see the space in action, we could only imagine the children racing around the trees wearing the grass beneath their feet, crouching behind the brick wall peering over through the forest corridors. Piles of leaves that bury people and are lifted up to make a whirlwind of leafy rain.

The second school grounds were backing onto a large open green and then onto a quiet road. The school was surrounded by residential areas and green space, you do not know what is public and what is school. The woodlands that surround this school has pockets of self-built structures and a tree hollowed out enough for a small person to curl up inside. The pond is 30cm deep, 50 years old at least and surrounded by wilderness and self made objects by the children. We discover that the caretaker in this school helps out during the day with the children and is supportive in their creations.

We go to an after-school club called St Hansgarden which is funded by the local council and government. Children are taken here during the day with their teachers to do sessions and for the adults to learn outdoor teaching skills. The site is beautiful, with animals loose, buildings with grass for a rooftop, campfire circles, loose parts on hand for building, games, art made by the children, grapevines hanging from the veranda and a cosy little cafe making healthy snacks and hot drinks for the families to refuge. The place feels a bit like the city farms we have back in UK but with beauty and charm of Swedish style and tradition. Children attend and care for their own pets, grow their own food and help cook the food they’ve taken care of, whether that be meat or vegetables.

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