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Forest Schools

Quinta forest school

What is Forest School?

"Several children who previously found it difficult to integrate with others are now more able and willing to do so. Quieter children have now found their voice in class and ask more questions and are more confident."

Steve McQuade, Mabin's End Primary School

Forest School is an inspirational form of environmental education that offers children regular opportunities to learn and develop new skills through structured activities and free play in a woodland environment. Forest Schools engage with children on a regular basis in a woodland setting with the main aim being to ensure the participants benefit from their outdoor experiences, in terms of their self-esteem, behaviour, social skills and overall wellbeing. Forest School provides a different approach to learning with the key characteristics listed below:

  • Sessions are often child-led
  • Sessions happen regularly over time
  • Takes place outdoors in the natural environment, usually within a woodland
  • Takes place in all weathers
  • Led by trained forest school practitioners
  • Opportunity for risk taking

Read more about the concept of forest school and academic research

Forest school activities can include:

  • Making a Bogart (tree spirit) out of clay and natural materials
  • Shelter making and animal homes
  • Learning about different woodland plants and animals
  • Practicing lighting fires with fire steel and trying some outdoor cooking
  • Making a wooden name badge with tools
  • Natural art on the forest floor
  • Woodland games

We run Forest Schools at:

If your school grounds are suitable then we can come to your school to run sessions or we can work on a Wildlife Trust site near to the school.

In this programme we like students to come for a minimum of six half-day sessions. We are happy to offer more than six sessions if this is deemed to be beneficial to the children concerned.

Christmas themed Forest School days (November and December)

A day in the woods, learning about seasonal changes to plants and animals, trying your hand at some buschraft, and having a go at making natural Xmas decorations to dress a tree or to take home.



A half-day session would normally cost £200 or a full day costs £250.

In the past several schools have used pupil premium to cover
this cost.

Our staff are trained Forest School practitioners who are DBS checked and have a certificate in outdoor first aid.

If you would like more information or to make a booking please contact Nick Rowles on 01948 820 728 or email nrowles@cheshirewt.org.uk

School flyers are available to download below.

View our Forest School Film here



Xmas themed forest school (Available 27th November - 14th December)

Come and enjoy winter in the woodlands at the Quinta nature reserve, near Holmes Chapel. Find the clues on a festive trail, make a den, decorate the trees, warm your toes around a campfire and make a special Xmas craft to take home. Suitable for a class of 30 children and all ages. Cost: £250 for the day. Booking essential. For more information, please contact Jan Shone: jshone@cheshirewt.org.uk. Tel 01948 820728.

An endorsement from a parent who recently attended Family Forest School with his son:


Hi Charlotte. My 6 year old son and I have just returned from this morning's Forest School at Quinta, and I asked Nick to pass me the details of someone I could write to in CWT with some feedback. I cannot tell you how truly wonderful this morning was for us both. Nick was so good with the both the kids and adults and seeing everyone on such a glorious day, enjoying simple pleasures and learning at the same time literally bought a tear to my eye, making me realise how far we sometimes come from nature and what matters. I will be honest in that whilst we are members, we haven't really used CWT to any real potential, and I was considering switching our subscription to another charity, which I occasionally do. Well today has confirmed that we will be staying firmly put and trying to bring more people to see what you all do. The pleasure my son had this morning is immeasruable, and we are already looking forward to the next. My thanks to you all, and Nick. Best wishes - Nige




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