Forest School Club

Saturdays, 10.30am-1.00pm

At: Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, Colchester, CO5 7DN

Let your children run wild and be inspired by nature in a beautiful setting. Make dens, climb trees, cook on a fire, arts and crafts, fun and games.


Wear suitable clothing: we go out in any weather. £6 per session per child booking six weeks or more a term; £8 per session per child booking fewer than six weeks;

All ages welcome, U8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking essential and space is limited to 16 children per session. Call 01206 729678 or email

Forest School Practitioner Level 3

We are delighted to announce that Essex Wildlife Trust will be running accredited Forest School training courses at Essex Wildlife Trust Headquarters, Abbotts Hall Farm, Gt Wigborough, Essex CO5 7RZ


This course is designed for those who would like to set up and run a forest School programme.

Dates: 15, 16, 19, 20, 21 Oct, 16, 17 Nov. plus a one day completion workshop day.  

At: Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ

More information

Forest School Assistant Level 2 Course

This course develops practical skills using the woodland as a sustainable resource and explores the theoretical side of learning and play at Forest School to become a qualified Forest School Assistant. 


Course duration: Three days of training, plus assisting with planning and delivery of minimum of three Forest Schools Sessions. Dates: Oct and Nov.

Location: Abbotts Hall Farm, Gt Wigborough CO5 7RZ

Cost: £350 /person + vat

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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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Forest School Refresher Course

Thurs 16th April - 10am - 3pm at Langdon nature reserve

Wed 22nd April - 10am - 3pm at Abbotts Hall Farm


Cost per person £35 

For more information please contact Anna Rule, Forest School Officer, tel: 07930 450842 or email

Explore the Woodland World

Wed 3rd June 2015, 10am – 3pm
At Abbotts Hall Farm, Gt Wigborough CO5 7RZ

Develop an understanding of the woodland through the seasons’ life cycles within it.


Cost per person £35

For more information please contact Anna Rule, Forest School Officer, tel: 07930 450842 or email

Free Introduction to Forest School

Sat 6th Sept, 10.30am - 12.30pm

At Abbotts Hall Farm, Gt Wigborough CO5 7RZ


A coffee morning to introduce Forest School and it's benefits and to work through how to develop a Forest School in your own organisation. Booking essential.

For more information please contact Anna Rule, Forest School Officer, tel: 07930 450842 or email