Environmental Education

Forest School started in Denmark, where school children are regularly taken out to take part in activities in a woodland. This has great benefits for all concerned, but especially for the less academically inclined, and those with emotional, social or behavioral problems. When a school in Crawley, W. Sussex, started a Forest School they wanted help from someone with a background in woodland work, so I was asked to join them. That became a regular three or four days per week in term time, and I've enjoyed it a lot. I've now completed a BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award for Forest Schools Leaders.

Much of the equipment needed for Forest School is easily available, however there are some items that can be difficult to find. I can often supply equipment for cooking over a fire, and I have tools that are suitable for FS use.

Palm Drills are available on their own page.

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It is really rewarding to see students who have little or no familiarity with the natural world enjoying the countryside, using tools safely and cooking on a fire for themselves. I wish it had been on offer when I was at school....

image of forest school activity

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