More about the team…


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! Lucy is on maternity leave form
June 2017 – May 2018 – she will be around but won’t be out in the woods for
school groups, Parties and Forest school.


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 work on research projects in Kent. I have an eight 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!


After lots of fun filled forest school sessions with Lucy and my youngest
child, Jeannie, I got the Forest School bug! Lucy’s Little Forest School
gave us so much inspiration to be creative outside and enjoy our beautiful
surroundings in the forest with friends. It was always something we looked
forward to in the week, where the pace of parenting was slowed right down
and we could actually enjoy making friends, playing, learning, watching and
creating with our children, without rushing them for once. It was good for
the soul and it was a time to let you catch your breath. So Jeannie started
school and so did I! I used to be a primary teacher in London but now I’m
currently working on my Forest School Leadership course at Plumpton College
and helping at Lucy’s Little Forest School which I love.


I have always been in love with the outdoors and my Forest School adventure
began over three years ago attending the wonderful weekly Fawns Forest
School sessions lead by Julie, with my daughter Freya and son Patrick where
we made many friends and had a lot of fun. The open and free environment
where children’s natural intelligence is developed, and natural curiosity
encouraged, inspired me to develop my love of nature and together with my
background in teaching I decided to train as a Forest School Leader. I was
fortunate to lead sessions at Wilderness Wood with Julie as my mentor whilst
training. I am very excited to be working with the brilliant Wilderness team
and meet new Forest School families in the wood, helping children to
develop, follow their instincts and naturally play independently and
together with their friends.


I have been working as a Forest School Leader for around 6 years now. I love that the Forest School ethos highly values play, takes a child led approach and challenges adults and children alike. I am always keen to explore the natural world and try new things. I really like using tools, foraging and campfire cooking. I believe learning to do these things helps build resilience and empowers us to take on new challenges. My work is diverse and I have worked with children with additional needs, home educated children, pre school children, families and adults.


Michelle Aloof