CANCELLED 28th February 2018 3.45pm. Weston on Trent Church of England (Aided) Primary School

27 02 2018

Due to staff illness this meeting has unfortunately been cancelled. If you were planning to attend with any specific questions or queries please get in touch with me directly.

Best wishes

Sarah Keogh
Forest Schools Leader

Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service


Tel: 01629 533439 Mobile 07796193557





Funding available for Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training – Closing date 09/03/2018

8 02 2018

As part of a Public Health project to provide Forest School programmes to young people to improve health and wellbeing we have secured additional funding to train 16 people based in Derbyshire County Council area schools, community groups, settings and organisations as Forest School Level 3 Practitioners. To find out more or to apply please visit the latest news section on the Forest Schools Resource Pages.  If you are interested in applying for a place please download an application form (see last item on the right hand side menu ‘Documents to Download’)  and return the completed form to on or before Friday 9th March 2018.

Willow workshop @ Alfreton Nursery 23rd November 2017

16 11 2017

Willow Weaving Workshop Autumn 2017

Peak District National Park Learning and Discovery Vacancies

15 11 2017

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