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Ethos of Forest School

Ethos of Forest Schools


Forest Schools have developed as a part of the Forest Education Initiative (FEI) which has been set up by the Forestry Commission to increase the understanding and appreciation of the environmental, social, and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and of the link between the tree and everyday wood products.


Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve, and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment.


Forest Schools engage children of all ages, all abilities and all interests to find special places and special things to do in the woods. Children have fun, learn new ways of co-operating, communicating and are successful in activities set in this environment. All forest activities and skills learnt are play based.


As well as educational and social benefits, there are health benefits to engaging in outdoor physical activity. Children developing healthy habits can only help to counter obesity, heart disease and osteoporosis in future generations.


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