What is Forest School?

Forest school started in Sweden and has since developed throughout Scandinavia and Europe.

children learn about their environment and about teamwork at forest schoolIt’s a fantastically effective method of helping young (and old) people to learn, about the environment, about other people and how to interact with them, and about themselves. There’s a growing body of research that shows the huge effect Forest school has on self-esteem, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills, self confidence and motivation. Forest schooled children take the lessons they learn in the woods away with them into their traditional schoolwork, and for the rest of their lives.

Forest Schools encourage and inspire individuals (of any age) to take part in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks in a woodland environment. Spending time in the woods gives people to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Children (and adults) use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; grow in confidence and self-esteem, and become self-motivated.

The benefits of the Forest School approach are only now being fully understood, but they include:

  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved social skills
  • The development of language and communication skills
  • Improved physical motor skills
  • Improved motivation and concentration
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of the environment

All our Forest School leaders have current CRB checks and outdoor first aid certification in addition to their Forest School training.