Training Courses


Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders (5 days)

23rd & 24th April, 22nd May, 18th & 19th June 2018 at Pucks Oak Barn

25th - 29th June 2018 at Nower Wood

6th & 7th October, 3rd, 4th & 5th November 2018 at Nower Wood

Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants (4 days)

12th - 15th March 2018 at Bay Pond

1st & 2nd and 29th & 30th October 2018 at Pucks Oak Barn


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Forest Schools & Outdoor Environmental Play Licences

We offer licences for schools, nurseries, childminders and holiday clubs with qualified Forest School Leaders who want to run Forest School or non-qualified leaders who want to provide Outdoor Environmental Play activities on our sites.

Our definition of Forest School and Outdoor Environmental Play is:

  • More than two sessions held at the same site.
  • An established Base or circle area for activities.
  • Any children’s activities that take place away from the established paths.
  • The presence of an adult (not necessarily Forest School trained).
  • Activities that have a significant environmental impact and/or health & safety implications.
  • Possible activities include (but not exclusive): ropes, minibeasts, wide games, campfires, bushcraft, artwork.

Who can operate Forest School and Outdoor Environmental Play on our land?

Certified Level 3 Forest School Leaders and people who have attended the training but have not completed the initial 6 continuous sessions required to obtain full Leader status. Others that wish to provide Outdoor Environmental Play.

If a Forest School Leader has not been trained by Surrey Wildlife trust, then they will need to pay to attend a short course ‘Running a Forest School on SWT land’.

If a Forest School provider has attended the training but has not completed the initial 6 continuous sessions required to obtain full Leader status, then the Licence will be reviewed after an initial 6-month period.

All providers of Forest School and Outdoor Environmental Play will need to satisfy the requirements of the licence, including the communication of key Surrey Wildlife Trust messages, demonstrating sustainable use of the site, and provision of their Forest School Handbook.

Risk assessments, Public Liability Insurance, outdoor first aid certificates and DBS checks are required.

Applying for a licence

If you would like to discuss the possibility of providing Forest School or Outdoor Environmental Play near you, please complete the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible: