Useful information about your day

Where will you be going?

Mainly sessions will be delivered from the Holroyd part of Blackberry woods, near Clipston in the Wolds. With the kind permission of Sir Jack Whitaker and the Royal Forestry Society we have also been given access to several local woods in the Retford area.

What will you be doing?

The Forest Schools routine varies depending on the group, however, it may include making a fire, cooking, creating art using natural materials and using tools. Activities are guided by the interest of the participants in a safe environment. Sessions are built upon each week, consolidating skills and understanding.

What you will need!child_with_tree

There are three things essential to survival: food; water; and comfort. Over the course of the ‘Forest Experience’ we will be outside all the time in all weather.

It is important that you bring the following kit:

  • Food
    You will need to bring a packed lunch (please minimise packaging).
  • Water
    A bottle of water is advisable in addition to any other drink. Don’t bring cans or cartons of drinks as they cannot be re-sealed. Fizzy/sugary drinks should not be brought as they give you energy rush followed by a big energy dip.
  • Comfort
    As Forest Schools staff cannot administer any unauthorised medication, for your comfort you might like to apply sun cream or anti-midge protection during summer and autumn visits. You must wear or bring with you a waterproof coat and over-trousers, a warm jumper or long sleeved t-shirt.
  • Don’t wear anything that you don’t want to get muddy.
  • Rigger boots and overalls will be provided!
  • Don’t worry if you don’t have something on the list – just let your group leader know before your visit.
  • There are portable camping toilet facilities on site.

Roles and responsibilities

When in a Forest Schools setting, responsibility for the group’s behaviour and programming of the day, lies with the Forest Schools practitioner.

Health and safety

The Forest Schools site is risk assessed both seasonally and daily along with the activities. A full emergency procedure is also in place. Some activities are higher risk than others but there is will always be one-to-one supervision when these take place. As young people are encouraged and supported in
recognising and managing risks for themselves.