for those of you who are new to Lucy’s little forest school or for those of you who have been coming regularly, we wanted to share who we are, what we do and what we believe in.
What is Lucy’s Little Forest School?
Lucy’s little forest school delivers woodland based activities for children and adults. The magical site at Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, East Sussex is our home. As Forest School facilitators, Teachers and Bush Crafters we love the woods. Whether you’re a Family, School, Adult, or a Birthday Party group, Lucy’s Little Forest School provides sessions relevant to you.
What we do:
The possibilities are endless but just remember it’s all about exploring, adventures, and getting muddy all year round.
Being warm and feeling comfortable.
Meeting new people and working together adults and children alike.
- Come and join a forest school group at Wilderness Wood or outreach site where families/school/groups meet ( 2.5+ years) regularly all year round.
- Schools and group visits for children and adults.
- Birthday parties.
- Holiday and half term activities.
- Adult learning and team building days.
What we believe in:
We believe that the wonders of the woodland provide a creative space for children and adults to connect with the natural world and to have the time to think, explore and reflect on their learning.
Who we are:
Lucy’s little forests school is growing! Sometimes I think it should be called Lucy’s, Wriggly and Ed’s forest school as the team is expanding.
I have always worked with children and loved the outdoors, after spending 10 years working at Montessori pre-schools in the UK and in Thailand, I wanted to pursue my love of outdoors. I finished my forest school training 3 years ago and I feel so lucky I get to spend my days in the wood, lighting fires and being creative with children as well as learning together. Combining this with the magic of wilderness wood has been a big adventure and learning from everyone who works and visits the wood has been a privilege. I started Lucy’s Little Forest School three years ago and we now offer school visits, forest school groups, birthday parties and run events in the holidays and half terms at Wilderness Wood and I love it!
After qualifying as an early years teacher and Biologist, my journey has taken me to Naples in USA to provide environmental education at the Conservancy of South West Florida which was great fun. Back to the UK to work with Kent Wildlife Trust, RSPCA and the Forestry Commission providing educational packages for children which I loved. I have my dormouse licence and currently work on research projects in Kent. I have a five year old son and the combination of being a mother and training for Forest School has brought a new level of creative enjoyment to being in the woods which is a joy to share. I used to take my son to Lucy’s Little Forest School at Stanmer Park near Brighton and the rest they say is history! I have been working with Lucy at Wilderness Wood since October 2014.
I have been working at Wilderness Wood for several years in many capacities – Working with schools, a party host, bush-craft instructor as well as learning how to use a chainsaw, swing on ropes and drive the dumper truck! I enjoy learning new forest skills and sharing these with others and have lots of knowledge of Wilderness wood. I have been a instructor of water sports for children and adults for 9 years before starting at the Wilderness wood .
Wilderness Wood has a special place in my heart. I have been involved in a number of roles from joining in the magic of children’s parties and activities, to serving yummy tea, cake and hot chocolates in the cafe and getting the dumper truck stuck whilst giving the campers a lift to their starlight retreat. I love seeing people of all ages joining in and sharing in the wonder of Wilderness Wood.
Jenny runs the Acorn group on a friday for toddlers under 3 and there parents!
I am a home educating mother of two boys with a passion for outdoor education. I fell in love with Forest School when my eldest son was three. After taking him to many, many Forest School sessions I began volunteering at Wilderness Wood helping with its stewardship. I became involved in the Home Education groups at Wilderness Wood and ran ‘Streamside Club.’ At this point I decided it was time to take the plunge and study to become a fully-fledged Forest School leader. I have just completed full Level 3 Forest School Training. During this training I ran a Forest School group for Home Educated children. I have also assisted with school groups visiting Wilderness Wood and held Wild Art workshops over the summer holidays.
As the oldest 6-year old in the woods I probably get more pleasure than most in the team – after all I gain the most in terms of years, from being six again. Over 30 years of working in schools, The Field Studies Council, local authority environmental centres and a number of Wildlife Trusts, has its benefits. In that time I have picked up countless ideas from some excellent educators, including my colleagues at Wilderness Wood. I love developing new programmes, including the Hedgehog Trail, The Gruffalo Trail and Saxon Quest offered by Lucy’s Little Forest School. Whenever I get the chance I like to work in some poetry, story-telling and campfire singing, accompanied by my trusty old guitar. Outside of Wilderness Wood I run Saxon Forest School (www.saxonforestschool.com), delivering education to a range of organisations including primary schools, Amicus Horizon and Ecocamp UK. Like bats, dormice and hedgehogs I am a busy little chap, until the nights start to draw in – then I go into hibernation for the winter. Yawn! See you next spring!
Together we have been hatching lots of new ideas and plans for 2016……Watch out!
We not only work with children and their families and schools we have been busy…..please read on
- Over 300 Icelandic teachers have visited Lucy’s Little Forest school during 2015 for a forest school experience and more in 2016
- Dementia Support group visit regularly for forest school come rain or shine!
- Team building days for Adults – Business, teachers and anyone else who wants to play in the wood, smell of bonfires and cook over a fire.
- After-school clubs and holiday care groups come and visit us during holidays and half term
If you would like to discuss any of the activities further and/or book anything that runs at Lucy’s little forest school please see Contact us page.
Find out more about Wilderness Woods:
62 acres of chestnut coppice with stands of Beech, Scots Pine, Douglas, Cedar and Giant Sequoia.
A cafe, a workshop, a home, a kitchen garden, a marquee, and camping shelters.
A work collective which includes Lucy’s Little Forest School, Andy Coates’ Woodland Products and Rachel’s Wilderness Cafe.
Wilderness Wood – www.wildernesswood.org
Wilderness café – www.wildernesscafe.co.uk
Woodland Products and services – www.acoateswps.co.uk