Bridgwater College Forest School celebrates 21 years

Bridgwater College’s Forest School is celebrating 21 years of leading the way in outdoor learning, with a long tradition of providing courses for people working in all forms of education, and enabling them to run forest schools in their environment.

Bridgwater College Forest School celebrates 21 years
Helen Eaton, Adrian Gude, Shirley Bishop, Adrian Hemmings, Freyr Eggleton, Catherine Grigg, Jaz Uppal, John Blaney taking part in Forest School.

Forest School first started in 1993 following an educational visit to Denmark. The College’s Early Years’ students created the first British Forest School on College premises, and the school has greatly developed since, with courses being offered throughout the whole of the UK. Bridgwater College’s Forest School offers courses at Levels 2 and 3, and now there is even Forest School at the beach!

Whatever the weather courses take place both in classrooms and in the woods, where practitioners learn a variety of practical skills. The Level 3 course teaches participants how to use tools and equipment safely, and about conservation issues. It also develops knowledge of organising and running a Forest School whilst boosting the self-esteem and promoting independence of participants.

Jaz Uppal, an attendee of the Bridgwater course said,

“The outdoor sessions were brilliant, I cannot describe the experience but it is mind blowing. I would recommend that government embeds Forest School as part of the curriculum, especially as this has shown vast improvements in children’s learning at Bridgwater College.”

To find out more, join us at our 21 year celebration conference on Saturday 14 June, 9am – 4pm at Bridgwater College, for a day of guest speakers and workshops. For more information, please contact 01278 441365 or email eatonh@bridgwater.ac.uk.