NEW Level 3, Forest School Leader Training in Blacknest Woodland – Spring 2018

Blacknest Woodland, Sunninghill (adjacent to Windsor Great Park)  has, if one ignores the devastation of 1987, been an exclusive oasis of calm and a private place of adventure for four generations of my family.However, early in 2016 it occurred to me that the Greenbelt concept of openness should extend accessibility and encourage people to follow the advice of Albert Einstein who said...
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Children more motivated to learn when outside

There are now countless pieces of international research that highlight the importance of children spending time in natural outdoor spaces and many teachers are training as Forest School Leaders in order to bring these benefits to their classes. Blacknest Woodland, organises Adventure Days, After-School Clubs and School Activity Days. All are based around the concept of Forest School which...
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Nature’s Climbing Frame

Forest School is about getting back to nature and learning from it. Among the attractions in Blacknest Woodland are a couple of fallen beech tree (maybe 200 years old) which now function as climbing challenges and the inspiration for many adventures. While most kids are content to climb the branches or walk the trunk there are always some who like to check out the root of the problem and...
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Pond Dipping – Bug Safaris

Set in a shallow pond and accessed by a rustic bridge our island has yet to reveal any pirate treasure but it has been the inspiration for many adventures and explorations by both would be brigands and budding David Attenboroughs. Sue, our team leader in Blacknest Woods, is an expert on maps so she can teach you not only to read maps but also to make them. There are many other skills you might...
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