Forest School

Listen to an audio clip here of a pupil taking about his Forest School experience

Read a poem here written by a family after taking part in sessions over the summer holiday

Forest School is a way of working with people using nature, the outdoors, and practical activities to develop confidence, self-esteem and a sense of achievement. Sessions are often with young people, and are particularly effective with people who have extra difficulties in their lives. All Forest School programmes follow these basic principles:

  • They are a series of sessions with the same group of people
  • They take part in a natural setting, often in a wood, to support connection with nature
  • They are learner-centred, enabling choice
  • They aim to develop participants’ resilience, confidence, independence, team work, positivity, and creativity
  • They allow supported risk-taking
  • They are run by qualified practitioners

West Cumbria Rivers Trust has an ongoing relationship with Frizington Primary School to deliver Forest School sessions with support from Copeland Community Fund, the Forestry Commission and Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre.

We have limited capacity to work with other schools but please get in touch with Cathy Gruba at if you:

  • are already delivering Forest School sessions and are interested in networking
  • can refer families or a youth group from Copeland who might be interested in a programme of activities over the summer holidays

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