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Forest School brings together the brilliance of children’s curiosity, the abundant possibilities offered by a natural woodland setting and the attention and care of trained adults to create a unique opportunity for fun, play, adventure, personal growth, connection to the world and friendship.

In Forest school at Bramblewood children are supported to follow their own direction in exploration and play. Based on what we learn from watching and listening to the children about their interests, skills and enthusiasms, we prepare new activities and offer chances for them to learn new skills which may take them onwards in their interests and beyond into new ones. Children and adults in forest school can play on the edges of their own adventuresomeness, and there, grow in self-esteem, self-belief and sense that they truly belong in this beautiful world.

For more information about the principles that guide forest school staff at Bramblewood, check out The Forest School Association.

What actually happens at each session depends a great deal on what the wood and weather are doing that day, who will be arriving and how they feel when they get there…

… you may find your self going and exploring one of the less well trodden corners of Bramblewood and making tunnels through the bramble to a hidden den, or maybe stringing ropes between trees to balance along, or perhaps climbing a tree to see what you can see across the deep blue sea (or in our case, the canal!).

… there are plenty of quiet spots where you can sit and reflect, watch the long tail tits chasing each other through the canopy, grab a book, or a pencil and paper to sketch with, swing in a hammock or sit and gaze into the fire with friends.

… you might sculpt some clay, print with leaves and petals, write a poem, weave, carve a staff or wand. The Bramblewood kitchen is always open for budding chefs to concoct mud tarts, chocomud shakes with leaf sprinkles, or perhaps a special potion which makes ivy come to life and do your bidding.

you could perhaps help fix some of our structures on site or build a new one like a hiding place to watch badgers from, a platform to help you reach up high, construct a den, a home for animals, or built a swing and a seesaw. What’s your idea?

… you can delve into the wonderfully woody world of the permanent Bramblewood inhabitants;
Who is actually eating all of the hazel nuts in the copse? Squirrels? Dormice? Field mice?
Which butterflies are going to fly first this spring?
Have slow worms left the wood forever or can we coax them back along the bramble path to the woodland floor again?
Can you find the tiniest of tree flowers and will it be the first to bloom after winter?
If you sit still for long enough, will you see a badger’s bottom disappearing down a hole?
Which is your favourite place to be in Bramblewood?

… build and light a campfire at the start of a session, then chat together for a moment and plan what we will be doing, before getting stuck in to the Very Brilliant and Bewitching Business of Being at Bramblewood.

There may also be cooking on the fire, a song or a story all together and then time at the end to have a snack and find out about each other’s adventures before we wonder back down the brambly path, through the hazel gate, across the allotments and back out into the world of Worcester.

Saturday Forest School runs through the term time bookable, half-termly blocks, see below for the age ranges, times and more details.

Parents who’s children are new to forest school are invited down to the wood towards the end of the first session to see what we have been doing and have a look around.

We are hoping to start a fortnightly Tuesday session for home educated children in the Autumn of 2021. This will be for unaccompanied 5-14 year olds, probably from 9.30 – 3pm. Do get in touch to register an interest.

A team of our brilliant Forest School staff run each Forest School session supported by volunteers. All our staff are suitably supported, supervised and vetted via the DBS and a copy of our safer recruitment policy is available on request.