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Setting up a Forest School Site from Scratch

Overview There is no 'absolute' when setting up a forest school site from scratch. Forest School learning and play activities can take place in a real forest, a natural woodland...
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Very Useful Plants for Forest School Sites

The following selection of plants are ideal for Forest School sites, either to enhance existing areas, or to set up a site from scratch.  If establishing a site on grassland...
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Forest School Site Design Process: Jack Hunt Example

The forest school site design process is an enjoyable and productive experience. It is a guided process which allows the school to consider what it would like to acheive in...
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Develop a Site for Forest School

Using existing on-site trees/vegetation for forest schools sites. Most schools have areas in their grounds which resemble some type of woodland. These may be: Actual woodlandMature trees with or without...
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Removing Brambles by Hand

Useful technique and tools for removing brambles by hand and preserving the unique ground flora, without the use of chemicals. 1. Typical patch of woodland edge bramble. 2. The long...
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How to Remove Brambles Effectively

A short guide to brambles and when/how to remove them! Brambles are natural colonisers These thorny plants with the tasty fruits are woodland expanders and natural colonisers.  Their role in...

Easy Pathmaking with Your Class

One of the easiest and lowest cost projects we can do right now is to define a short-grass pathway through an area of longer grass in your school.  Over the...
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Field Reshaped for Natural Play

A large grass field is reshaped for play by adding footpath, shelter structure and specimen trees. Year 4 help to build a natural play area with dens, medieval village and...
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Transforming a Site with Trees – Berry Hill

Take a look at how trees have transformed a section of Berry Hill Primary School grounds over a 15 year period from 2005 to 2020. Low-cost, whole school project In...

Ensuring Effective Tree Planting in Schools 1

When it comes to placing trees in our school grounds, there are various planting methods we must follow to ensure their healthy, successful and rapid establishment. In most schools, it...
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Using Evergreens in Schools

The majority of the school year takes place during the winter months. If we want to have welcoming, beautiful landscapes around our school buildings then it is vital to plant...

The Outdoor Learning Environment Part 2

Creating successful outdoor learning environments (OLE's) In Part 1, we examined successful outdoor learning environments as a multifunctional space for large and small group gatherings, offering opportunities for diverse activities...