People walking in woods


Hedge-U-cation holds Forest School sessions for various age groups. These include forest arts, bushcraft, forestry skills such as coppicing, environmental conservation and much, much more.

Reconnecting with nature in the woods gives us opportunities to learn about our environment, plants and animals, take part in fun and creative challenges, learn traditional rural crafts and take part in ecological restoration.

At Hedge-U-cation Forest School we follow a child-led, person-centred approach. Sessions are facilitated by qualified Forest School practitioners, who recognise that through play and experience in nature, a deeper learning can be achieved. We feel that fostering a connection with the natural world can lead to a greater understanding of ourselves.

We offer Forest School sessions for the following groups:

  • Parents/carers and toddlers (ages 1-5)
  • One to one, for individuals (ages 6+)
  • Small group intervention (ages 6+)
  • Birthday parties
  • Home education groups (ages 6-13)
  • Family sessions (all ages)
  • Team-building days (18+)

Principles of Forest School

These principles were first articulated by the Forest School Community in 2002. They were reviewed in 2011 and sent out for a 5-month consultation to Forest School networks and practitioners in all UK nations. They were published on the Institute for Outdoor Learning Forest School SIG page in Feb 2012, and in the minutes of the GB trainers’ network.

  • Forest School is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice. See the full principles and criteria for good practice.

For information about Hedge-U-cation Forest School, please contact us here.