Hedge-U-cation provides educational and therapeutic activities, with the aim of developing resilience, encouraging independence and improving social, emotional, mental and physical well-being. We promote outdoor learning, traditional rural skills and environmental awareness.
Welcome to Hedge-U-cation!
Hedge-U-cation facilitates land-based educational and therapeutic activities for children, young people and adults. We hold Forest School outdoor learning sessions including bushcraft, wild food foraging and environmental education. We run workshops sharing traditional arts, crafts and skills such as woodworking, blacksmithing, coppicing and basket-making. We also offer group sessions where we prepare meals, combining edibles collected on foraging walks, food from our gardens and allotments and locally-sourced produce.
We believe that learning new skills together outdoors promotes resilience, improves social, emotional and physical well-being and strengthens community cohesion.The Hedge-U-cation project
The Hedge-U-cation Forest School is based in Collaford Wood, Blackawton, Devon. We run Forest School sessions for all ages, including forest arts, bushcraft, forestry skills such as coppicing, environmental conservation and more. Reconnecting with nature in the woods gives usRead more
COMING SOON: Horticulture is widely recognised as a therapeutic activity. Hedge-U-cation offers social and therapeutic horticulture sessions for young people and adults in the South West. Gardening activities, from cultivating herbs and flowers to growing vegetables and tending shrubs, areRead more
Wild Cookery and Homegrown Nutrition
Hedge-U-cation runs wild cookery and nutrition group sessions; combining edibles collected on our foraging walks, using locally sourced produce for our ingredients. The aim of the wild food and homegrown nutrition group is to inspire confidence and creativity inRead more
Workshops and Courses
At Hedge-U-cation we run workshops sharing traditional skills and crafts, from woodwork, metalwork and basketry to wild food foraging and making preserves. We hold mindfulness, music and performance sessions. We foster a family-centred approach and welcome family groups and individuals.Read more
Wild Food Foraging
Hedge-U-cation holds wild food foraging walks and plant identification workshops, with Chris Hope, aka Ipso Phyto. Chris is the wild plant and foraging educator from The Wild Plant Guide. You’ll learn about our most common and useful wild plant species,Read more
Hedge Kids is a children’s area for events. We provide both a sheltered and outdoor play space for children of all ages. We play games, make music with our Junk Band, do story telling, singing, face painting, arts, crafts andRead more
Volunteer with us
Interested in volunteering? If you have an interest in outdoor learning, heaps of enthusiasm and a can-do attitude, we'd love to hear from you!
Hedge-U-cation family camp – fallow year 2021
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – an interactive workshop
Hedge-U-cation Forest School receives National Lottery Funding
Therapeutic Forest CIC Approved Practitioner training completed
Forest School and Autism
Wild Garlic Pesto
Wild garlic capers and the bear facts of lacto-fermentation
Eating Japanese knotweed. How to turn malicious, delicious!