Free trees to plant Autumn 2017

22 03 2017

DEFRA is working in partnership with the Woodland Trust to offer free trees to eligible state-funded primary schools in England.

Trees create inspiring learning spaces as well as natural, sustainable, and dynamic outdoor classrooms. They give children the chance to connect with nature and create something beautiful for future generations.

You can receive FREE packs of tree saplings to plant at your school or on nearby land in autumn 2017.  Packs come in varying sizes a small pack containing 30 tree saplings, a medium pack with 105 trees and a large pack with 420 saplings.

To apply for free trees visit

For more information contact Nicola Craven – Schools Project Officer (Central)



Creating a Forest for Learning – Funding and support available to schools in the National Forest

22 03 2017

Opportunities for Primary Schools based in the National Forest through the  CF4L Project 

Schools can access:

  • A bursary grant up to £500 for schools to use towards Forest School/other outdoor learning training
  • Guidance and support in developing plans for designing and planting outdoor spaces for learning
  • A woodland management grant is available for developing school grounds or a  local woodland up to £1000. Support is available to develop your application.
  • Assistance building relations with local landowners in arranging use of nearby woodlands for learning.
  • Assistance between to access training and online resources
  • Resources and ideas developed as part of this project will be available to all.

See Forest Scene article for an overview of the project

For more information please contact

Caroline Scothern  | Education Officer – Creating a Forest for Learning

The National Forest Company, Bath Yard, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6BA
Tel: 01283 551211
Direct Dial: 01283 554230
Mobile: 07816 213227

Royal Forestry Society Free Education Sessions

21 03 2017

The Royal Forestry Society are now offering free woodland based learning sessions in the Midlands. Please click on the leaflet below for more information

Spring Budburst Leaflet email version

2x FS Assistants required by Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup 2017

10 01 2017

We have vacancies for two forest school assistants at Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup, one for an immediate start and one to start Friday 28th April.



Check out our website and Facebook page for more information


Grindleford and Eyam Playroup are Recruiting – Closing date Nov 11th

21 10 2016

We are a flourishing Peak village pre-school with a forward thinking, unhurried and playful approach to learning. Our ethos has a strong emphasis on outdoor learning with two forest school days which include woodland adventures for two year olds and gardening at our allotment.


We are looking for an early years professional who:

  • has a commitment to delivering high quality early year’s education
  • enjoys working outdoors
  • is self-motivated, enthusiastic and fun
  • communicates well with children, families and colleagues
  • has a minimum of NVQ L3 Childcare qualification
  • has prior experience of working in early years


Grindleford and Eyam Playgroup is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.


We are open Mon 9.30-12.30, Tues 9.00-3.00, Weds 9.00-3.00 and Fri 9.30-1.30.

Minimum of 13 hours per week with potential to increase. Working hours to include setting up/packing away time.


We are a term time only setting (39 weeks).


This a permanent post to start immediately.


To apply email

Don’t forget to take a look at our website (, too!


Closing date for applications Friday 11th November 2016

The National Forest p/t Education Officer Vacancy – Closing 17.10.2016

30 09 2016

Can you help us to provide opportunities for every child in The National Forest to experience outdoor learning?


The National Forest spans 200 square miles of the Midlands near the cities of Leicester, Derby and Birmingham. Situated in the heart of the country, it has seen a transformation of the landscape through the trebling of forest cover. It is now recognised as a national example of sustainable development through large-scale environmentally-led regeneration.

The long term vision for education in The National Forest is that every child, between the ages of 5 and 11 living in The National Forest, will have the opportunity to experience outdoor learning and all the benefits it can provide.

Could you help us better understand current activity, identify where gaps and opportunities exist and help take practical action to increase use of wooded learning spaces embedding outdoor learning across the Forest?

We’re looking for a person with the passion to drive this new project forward, with a keen interest in outdoor learning and the ability to engage with schools, enthuse about the benefits of outdoor education and make a step change in achieving our long term vision.

The Appointment
This is a part-time (2.5 days per week) fixed term post for three years.

Salary: The full time salary range for the EO grade is £23,250 to £26,040 per annum. Pro rata this equates to £11,625 to £13,020 per annum.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 17th October

Interviews: Monday 7th November



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Subsidised Forest School L3 training starting soon!

7 09 2016

Subsidised Forest School L3 training starting soon!

A limited number of subsidised Forest School level 3 training places are available for £495 per person rather than the full price of £895 (funded by The National Forest Company) for teachers/ educators/ other school staff in The National Forest and South Derbyshire  (please register your interest if you are not eligible for the subsidised places as any remaining places will be open to all at the standard charge)Participants with subsidised places will be required to submit a report on how they have put their training into practice following completion of the course and numbers of any participants who have benefited so far. Supportive mentoring sessions will also be available to those attending the course. Please click on the lkink below for more information. Applicants for the subsidised places should check their eligibility with the Environmental Education Project  01283 535039) but should book their places directly with Creative Outdoor Learning (

Subsidised half day woodland craft courses places (£10 per person) are also available (funded by Ernest Cook Trust and National Forest Company grants) click on the link below for more information and contact the Environmental Education Project  01283 535039 to book.