Forest School Training Level 3 Training Course

We are very excited to announce that in October, Essex Wildlife Trust will be running Forest School training course at Essex Wildlife Trust headquarters Abbotts Hall Farm in Gt Wigborough. The company running it are Cambium Sustainable, a company with many years of experience in Forest School training .


This is the first of a series of Forest School courses that we plan to run at Abbotts Hall Farm a working farm with woodland and a new meeting room complete with kitchen, muddy boots area and heating!

Dates: Thurs 23rd, Fri 24th, Mon 27th, Tues 28th and Wed 29th October
Practical Skills dates: Mon 17th  and Tues 18th November

Location: Abbotts Hall Farm, Gt Wigborough CO5 7RZ
Cost £800 plus vat

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Training for adults supporting trained Forest School leaders

This course will equip untrained helpers with knowledge and skills to enhance the experiences of the children on a Forest School and maximise their role as facilitator and supportive role for the Forest School leader.

Mon 20th October, 10.30am - 2pm

Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

Course details


Booking essential.

For more information please contact Anna Rule, Forest School Officer, Essex Wildlife Trust Tel 07930 450842 Email

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What is Forest School?

Forest School is a specialised learning process that provides regular opportunities for children to achieve and develop confidence through real life experiences in a natural environment.

Essex Wildlife Trust Forest School staff will work with your group to:

  • deliver Forest School sessions for Schools and informal groups
  • plan sessions in conjunction with staff and curriculum needs
  • evaluate your site to find a suitable area
  • provide woodland management advice
  • prepare an arboricultural tree survey and safety plan
  • deliver high quality, bespoke Forest School sessions to meet the requirements of your group
  • mentor staff who are undergoing Forest School training and setting up a new Forest School

Who are we?

Essex Wildlife Trust Forest School Officers are Level 3 Forest School trained, DBS checked, qualified first aiders, experienced environmental educators and have many years experience of running high quality Forest School sessions for schools, home educated groups, nurseries and at weekends and in school holidays for holiday clubs.

Preparing for your Forest School experience

Essex Wildlife Trust staff are Forest School trained to level 3, DBS checked, qualified first aiders and experienced environmental educators.

They will:

  • help to find a suitable site
  • plan in conjunction with the teacher
  • set up the health and safety precautions
  • provide all the tools, equipment and resources
  • give a presentations to teachers and parents

Children participating in Essex Wildlife Trust run Forest School sessions will develop a selection of the following skills:

  • Knowledge of the world exploring the Forest School site through the changing seasons.
  • Collaboration with peers through activities such as den making/ rope swing making.
  • Fine and gross motor skills through tool use and knots and climbing and exploring.
  • Helping children through transition from nursery to school/ infant to junior/ primary to secondary by working in conjunction with the next phase of the education provider.
  • Expression of creativity in a free and natural environment.
  • Risk taking in a safe environment from activities such as tool work, tree climbing, rope swings and fire lighting.
  • Build on positive relationships with their peers and adults in a different environment.
  • Speaking, listening and developing of new vocabulary in relaxed informal situation.
  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem.


To contribute towards the funding of the Forest School provision from Essex Wildlife Trust we request the following donations:

Half day £100 - £150
Full day £200 - £250

Set of six half day sessions £850
Set of six full day sessions £1300
Site assessment from £75
Arboriculturalist £50 per hour plus travel expenses

Contact us:

For more information or to make a booking contact:
Laura Harvey on 01621 862992/ 07533 376783

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The staff will discuss the needs of your Forest School session and send a booking form, please return the booking form to confirm your booking.

Forest School can also meet the needs of family or community groups - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Our staff can also provide taster sessions and training days for teachers and practitioners.



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Family Membership

By becoming a valued member of Essex Wildlife Trust you would make an important difference to our work, within your home county.


Family membership includes 2 adults and up to 4 children at one address.

Forest School Video

Children learning and playing at a Forest School session, run by Essex Wildlife Trust in Colchester, Essex.


The children develop confidence, independence, language and communication skills and a love of their natural world.

Watch the video here

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