Forest School

Children love going to our forest space in Leigh Woods. All our children live in the inner city and ‘forest school’ is often their first experience of being in a natural environment. Older brothers and sisters remember their trips fondly and tell us they wish they were still going!


Children enjoy running, climbing, playing hide-and-seek, building dens, singing, playing with leaves, mud and sticks, reading and following signs, listening to birds, joining the fire circle and much more. Above all, they enjoy the sense of peace and harmony of the forest space.

We see children grow in resilience, confidence and well-being through their visits to this special place and, of course, it is great for their physical development.

Visits take place four times a week, with key groups taking turns, so that children can go at least once a month. Most visits are for either a morning or an afternoon, and children enjoy a snack of biscuits and hot chocolate during the session. Additional focus groups run in the spring and summer, as well as family trips, so there are lots of extra opportunities.

  • We are delighted to have gained funding from BBC Children In Need in February 2015 to extend our Forest School into the school holidays and to provide family camping trips for local families from 2015 - 2018.
  • We go by mini bus. Children sit on booster seats, with seat belts.
  • Sessions are led by our qualified forest school leaders, who are also qualified and trained mini bus drivers.
  • The adult: child ratio is at least 1:3 and often higher. The key person goes with their key group.
  • Parents are encouraged to join in their child’s first session. In this way, parents know just what their children are talking about, the next time they come back, full of excitement, from their forest trip. Parents are always welcome to join us and we are pleased to have regular volunteers.
  • The nursery provides waterproof clothing- jackets and trousers- and spare wellingtons for both children and adults, although it’s even better if children have their own boots.
  • ‘Forest School’ is supported by our successful fundraising.