Forest Schools

We create Forest Schools layouts

Developing confidence and self-esteem through outdoor learning environments

Forest Schools are an inspirational educational process, that offer opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning in a woodland or natural environment with trees and other plants.

We design Forest Schools layouts which encourage easy supervision, flowing movement and practical efficiency.  We work with you to realise your vision, bringing the designs to reality. 

What are Forest Schools?

"An inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment"
O'Brien, Liz; Murray, Richard (2008), Forest Research

Forest schools - empowering children

Forest Schools is a key educational concept for early years. It is the Scandinavian model of taking kids up to 7 yrs old and spending all day (or significant periods of the school day) in the forest/garden whittling sticks, building dens, observing the natural world, lighting fires and cooking food on open fires etc.

Invigorated by these positive, practical skills children generally find it easy to learn reading and writing skills once they return to the formal classroom.

Child-led learning with a focus on the senses

"The forest school movement has a philosophy of child-led learning, with a focus on all the senses. The aim is to foster rich learning experiences, ecological literacy, and healthy living by connecting children to nature. In Britain, the forest school has been defined as “an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve, and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment”. 
Forest Schools: A Philosophy of Child-Led Learning

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Harvington School Forest School

In 2001 we worked with Harvington School to transform their school grounds from a flat dull field and rectangle of tarmac, into an exciting multi functional landscape for adventure and exploration.  In doing so, we also discovered, over the following years that, the grounds became a learning environment second to none.

Having been granted a new piece of parish land following the success of the first development, Leaves of Green were asked to create a new layout for forest schools activities.

The low cost and simple weatherproof shelter we built is the central focus of FS activities - it has seating for a whole class; storage for firewood, loose equipment and clothing under the extensive eaves; and radiates a welcoming presence for the fire circle which is at a safe distance in front of the shelter.

There are winding paths, changes of level and a stone circle, seen in the foreground of the picture (left), and the whole is set within a planting of fruit trees - this being a traditional orchard area at the north end of the Vale of Evesham.

 

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Coughton Primary Forest School

In 2010 we had a great time working with Coughton Primary School, which lies at the entrance to the famed Forest of Arden - the woodland setting for local Bard Shakespeare's As You Like It.

A shelter was a necessary part of the whole, as well as a fire circle and log storage.  We made a long table for displaying natures gifts and for sitting,  writing and drawing.

However, it is the entrance which really creates a major threshold for the school, and with it, the sense of crossing over into a special place.  An old shed, which originally dominated the whole space, was stained dark green - this had the effect of making it recede in dominance, allowing the planting and new layout to encourage a great place for the intricacies of the Forest School day.

Guiding your landscaping project from concept to completion

We'd love to work with you to create an amazing landscape together.

Contact us today for a free initial consultation and a clear overview of how we can help guide your landscaping project from concept to completion.

Phone: 03 553 0448