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

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.

Upcoming courses are:

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

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

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

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Get in touch 

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

T: 01772 872000
E: eduadmin@lancswt.org.uk

Forest School across Manchester and Liverpool

Since 2015, Lancashire Wildlife Trust have been delivering a programme of Forest School sessions throughout Manchester, thanks to support from players of People's Postcode Lottery. Now, thanks to sustained and further support we have expanded into the city of Liverpool.

In Manchester, we have worked with 12 different schools, reaching 1,325 children, delivering over 600 individual Forest School sessions, and training 33 teachers up to Level 3 Forest School Practitioners.

Schools in Manchester have included so far : Lilly Lane Primary; St Willibrord’s; Christ the King; St Dunstan’s; Broadhurst Primary; St Mary's CD Primary; Crab Lane Community Primary; Bowker Vale Primary; St Malachy's RC Primary; St Margaret Mary's; New Moston, and Mostonfields.

For 2017, we are working in partnership with Alder Hey Children's Health Park in order to deliver Forest School sessions in Liverpool at Springfield Park, as well as Everton Park Nature Garden.

Merseyside schools already involved include Blueberry Park, St Margaret Mary's Junior School, Beacon C of E and Our Lady Immaculate. We hope to reach a further 480 children with the expansion into Liverpool and are really excited to use our two new Forest School sites.

To find out more about our Forest School project in Manchester click here, or for Liverpool click here.

Alternatively we put out weekly updates across all our social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter


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

Emma Ackerley,
Assistant Communications Officer
E: eackerley@lancswt.org.uk