What is Forest School

“This is the best kind of classroom,
It's a journey through time and space,
from the smallest seed to the largest tree,
This is a Forest and a learning place.
Where the seasons don't happen in Books,
Where the learning is watching and thinking and talking
and everyone notices, everyone looks.”


From 'The best Kind of Classroom' by Ian MacMillan

Forest Schools have developed from the Scandinavian education system and are about children and young people building self esteem and independence through exploring and experiencing the natural world.

It is a long term programme delivered by trained practitioners within a natural environment (not necessarily a forest).

Each program is tailored to meet the needs of individuals within that group and is continuously developed as the children/young people grow in confidence, skills and understanding.

The ethos of Forest Schools allows learners the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands on experiences. It also allows practitioners to step back and observe the children/ young people in order to then encourage and inspire individuals to achieve through careful scaffolding and facilitating.





Contact Neil Martin at...
34 Chapel Street,
Buckfastleigh, Devon
TQ11 0AB

07974 414323