Have you ever wondered what Forest School is and how your children/family can benefit from taking part?
Wild & Green are a local Forest School located in Crowborough. Owner Louise tells us more about what they have to offer the local community.
At our woodland setting we offer a programme of nature-based activities with sessions that are enriching, playful and great fun – for children (and adults!) of all ages. Nature plays a vital role in keeping us happy, healthy and able to tackle whatever life throws at us. Set outdoors, Forest School is a gentle learning approach that offers a way to connect with nature and connect with each other. Our Forest School approach encourages children to stretch beyond their comfort zone – firing up creativity whilst building body awareness, self-esteem, resilience and confidence. Find us in the heart of the Ashdown Forest, where our broadleaf woodland nestles next to a meadow of soft wild grasses – a place to soak up the magic that nature has to offer.
In our wild, green space kids can be kids and adults can re-discover some of the joys (and benefits) of being a kid!
We currently offer Holiday Club for primary age children and family workshops, including those with special needs and limited access to the outdoors, but over time will be developing further sessions from tots to adults.
What’s on offer
Typically, our programmes incorporate a selection of the below. All great fun in themselves, the activities help develop essential life skills (we call it invisible learning).Our sessions are tailored to age and experience. We pack them with activities to inspire, routines to reassure and invitations to play freely and explore. The day alternates between times of structure, space for play, and time to “just be.”
Wild cookery – campfire and pizza oven
Wild play – den building, woodland parcours
Nature crafts and woodland art – including the use of tools
Chill out hammocks - zone out whilst tuning in, as woodland mindfulness works its magic!
Potions kitchen – natural alchemy in the mud kitchen
The Forest School garden – get stuck into the wild grass meadow, veg patch and grow tunnel
Wildlife watching, trails and bio surveys – feeding into national conservation programmes.We will complement these with periodical talks for friends and family
Storytelling, games and songs
Sensory and mindfulness activities
Scarcely a week goes by when the media does n’t report on the declining state of our mental health and well-being.This is particularly acute in children and young people. Pandemic aside, there has been increasing concern that our children do not have the impetus or the access to engage with nature, which plays second fiddle to screen time and passive pass-times. They are missing out on the benefits of being outdoors, and their health and mental wellbeing is suffering for it.
The fact is, humans have an innate urge to connect with nature. We do a good job of masking it, but we need to rekindle our link to the wild, for all our sakes. Thinking longer-term, without this connection to nature, caring for the planet will just be an abstract concept for the next generation.
In our post-covid world, Forest School is hugely valuable as a practical, and richly fulfilling way to re-right some of the imbalances of those in our care.
Who we are
Wild & Green is owned and run by Paul and Louise of Crowborough.
We are a limited company with a community ambition. We employ professional instructors and operate with a high adult:child ratio for the best quality experiences.
We do try to keep our pricing as competitive, working hard to secure grants and funding to make our work as accessible as possible.
We are fully insured (£5 million public liability / £10 million employers’ liability). Sessions are led by qualified Forest School Level 3 Leaders, who have Enhanced DBS and are Paediatric Forest School First Aiders. We carry out full Risk Benefit Assessments on activities and workshops.
Louise is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader. She is also a highly experienced events professional, producing experiences ranging from small workshops to large-scale outdoor public events and festivals. She is mum to Ella and Alfie, an out-of-practice musician, very messy cook, and of course, a nature queen. Louise holds enhanced DBS, Paediatric 1st Aid, and is also a Mental Health First Aider
Tall Paul is a very sensible adult and supports all of our sessions, both on the day and behind the scenes by maintaining the woods and building shelters. Dad of 5, Grandpa of 3 and counting, he is a fitness guru, keen vegetable gardener and busy beekeeper. Paul holds enhanced DBS, Paediatric 1st Aid. In his day job he is a senior project manager in the charity sector.
Contact Wild & Green
07788 713 587
(website coming soon)