Forest Schools

Forest Schools is a unique outdoor learning experience that improves children's self-esteem, confidence and abilities.

Outdoor education and connecting with nature

The Forest Schools movement takes a learner-centred approach to outdoor education and play in a woodland environment. Programmes allow individuals to develop a relationship with the natural world and sessions foster resilience, creativity and confidence.

The education team at The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside has been pioneering the Forest School movement in the North West for the last seven years.

We offer sessions for school groups and adult training at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston or in Bolton.

The Forest Schools journey

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust is in the second year of a ground-breaking Forest Schools project in urban Manchester supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery. Discover the impact our first year had on children and teachers – and how we're now working with Manchester City Council to transform children's educational experiences on public green spaces in Clayton and Moston.


Adult Training

Excellent course, huge benefits for me and the people I work with.....can’t wait to get started! Level 3 Trainee March 2014

We also offer Level 2 and Level 3 Forest School training courses. Using the outdoor environment, you will learn to encourage and inspire children to grow in confidence, independence and self-esteem through the mastery of small, achievable tasks.

Forest School Level 2 will enable you to work alongside a Level 3 Practitioner in the setting up and running of Forest Schools sessions in your setting, supporting children and young people to regularly engage with the natural environment. 

Forest School Level 3 will enable you to become a programme leader, allowing you to set up and run Forest Schools sessions in your setting.

Training Sessions 2016

"A life changing experience which should be experienced by as many educators as possible." 

Level 2 Trainee October 2015 

Brockholes - Level 3
Skills Assessment Days - 24th & 25th April 2017

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The Hive, Bolton - Level 3
Training week - 8th to 12th May 2017
Skills Days - 12th & 13th June 2017

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The Hive, Bolton - Level 3
Training week - 2-6 October 2017
Skills Days - 9 & 10 November 2017

The Hive, Bolton - Level 2
Training week - 11-13 October 2017
Skills Days - 13 November 2017

Brockholes - Level 3
Training week - 16-20 October 2017
Skills Days - 20 & 21 November 2017

Get in touch 

For more information about Forest Schools sessions at Brockholes in Preston:

T: 01772 872000

Forest Schools in Manchester with players of People’s Postcode Lottery

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been working with players of People’s Postcode Lottery since March 2015 bringing Forest Schools outdoor education to inner city schoolchildren in Manchester. 

People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery that emphasises supporting good causes in the heart of players’ communities, fitting perfectly with The Wildlife Trusts’ emphasis on protecting wildlife where our members live.

We have already established an independent cluster of four schools (Broadhurst Primary, St Mary’s CE Primary, Crab Lane Community Primary and Bowker Vale Primary) centred on our Moston Fairway nature reserve.

For 2016, The Trust is working with Manchester City Council to establish Forest Schools classrooms on Broadhurst Clough and Clayton Vale in synergy with the Council’s newly launched Green Infrastructure strategy that seeks to engage Mancunians with their municipal green spaces.

We have a dedicated website section for our Forest Schools project in Manchester that you can view here

For more information about our Forest Schools supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery please contact:

Emma Ackerley,
Assistant Communications Officer