Developing your FS Site

Woodland Management and Planning

MyForest a woodland management and planning tool designed specifically with teachers and Forest School Practitioners in mind.

Derbyshire Landscape Character For detailed information about the landscape your Forest School base sits within click on the link above.


Rachel Dixon delivers Forest School Programmes at Parkside Junior school in Ashbourne and shared some ideas for making the best use of a small space with just a few trees. See below colourful God’s Eyes (you can use sticks, make them as big or small as you like and it doesn’t really matter how you initially tie the wool on if you don’t need a super neat finish), logs with a reminder of some very simple rules and shelters made from donated Christmas trees.

 The Louma Log Woodland Workbench, A Step by Step Guide Created by; Martin Smith, Belladonna Bushcraft & Louise Ambrose, Birchwood Learning

Enter in Style at Highway Farm   Juliet writes about the variety of entrances and simple details that support and encourage children’s learning and discovery  atHighway Farm and Little Explorers Outdoor Pre-School.

Derbyshire Eco Centre Tutor Miranda Cowan Has been working with Wirksworth Junior School during the Spring and Summer 2014 to develop the outdoor learning space.

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Alfreton Park Special School – The Forest School site is a small corner of the school field containing just a couple of trees. The site has been fenced off  with support from Eurocell (a local company who generously donated time and funds) who alongside Forest School practitioners Lesley Burton and Jane Corton have incorporated a number of simple but effective features that create an interesting and welcoming environment for staff and pupils to enjoy. Click on the link below to view images of the individual site features.

Alfreton Park Special School Forest School Site Features

Create a Forest Garden – Sarah Spencer, a Forest School practitioner currently working with Melbourne Infants gave a fantastic talk about forest gardening at the 2013 Derbyshire Forest School. Click on the link below to view the presentation (it might take a little while to load)

Forest Garden Presentation – Sarah Spencer

Creating an Orchard – All the information you need to plan and plant an Orchard on you school or FS site is included in this booklet , brought together by


Norfolk Forest Schools Have produced a useful sheet to help you consider the design of a forest school site 

Royal Horticulture Society-  RHS Garden Types Information about the types of gardens that could be created in your school grounds and a fantastic sheet linking learning to trees found in school grounds or your forest school base. Trees_in_School_Grounds_RHS 

The Forestry Commission have put together a booklet of ideas that landowners can utilise on a site to encourage natural play, many of the ideas could be used in this way within a Forest School site Nature Play. Simple and fun ideas for all

FS Base Equipment

Cosy Catalogue – If you are a nursery or early years setting you may already have a catalogue in school which includes items such as log seats, small wig wams etc

Bolsover Woodland Enterprise – If you have a budget for developing your FS site Bolsover Woodland Enterprise are able to create bespoke items for a unique woodland learning base and also smaller items such as bat and bird boxes. (Click on the link above for more information about BWE and see examples of previous work below) Telephone 01629 537075  to discuss your requirements.


CNV00093Letter to BWE


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