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Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds Fantasy and imagination are vital to our everyday lives; novels, TV dramas, theatre, music and art all take us out of our own existence and into disasters, love stories, adventures. We work out what we feel and think about our own situations, even...

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The Magic of Trees- Ash

The Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)The common Ash is native to the UK and found all over Europe, from the Arctic Circle to Turkey; it is the third most prevalent tree in the UK. You will find out all about native Flora and Fauna, including Ash on your Forest School training,...

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The Magic of Trees- Hazel

The Hazel (Corylus avellana) The Hazel Tree, native to the UK, colonised as the earth changed from tundra to temperate roughly 8,200 years ago. (You can read more of this in The New Sylva by Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblett.)  You will find out all about native Flora...

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How to go to the toilet in the woods?

You're out for a walk and suddenly, you're caught short. But how do you go to the toilet in the woods?  A conundrum that may face any one spending more than a couple of hours in the great outdoors with children or less if they have me, a middle-aged woman in their...

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Sustainability

What am I doing to make the Earth happy? Professor Steve Van Matre’s question to the Forest School community got me thinking again about our sustainability policy. Are there more things we could be doing to live out what we are teaching at...

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Steve Van Matre

We were thrilled to host Professor Steve Van Matre (SVM) for a couple of days in Oxfordshire to lead his Introduction to Earth Education workshop. Earth Trust gave us use of their beautiful Fison Barn. SVM shared the history of Earth Education,...

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News and Nurturing

Children’s well-being is crucial, not just for their own lives, but for society as a whole. The Good Childhood Report 2016, The Children’s Society Well-being taster day Lots of fun was had by our guests at our recent Forest School taster day as...

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Elderflower Cordial Recipe

Sambucas  Commonly known as 'Elderberry or Elder'. From the family Adoxaceae. Sambucas Nigra is native to Europe and North America. So what does Elder look like? Elder trees are often bush shape and can grow to 15m tall. They are found on...

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Trees We Love

Rowan- Sorbus aucuparia The Rowan tree- also known as Mountain Ash, Witch Wiggin Tree, Kerin or Cuirn- is native to the UK, and likely to be found across Forest School sites in Oxfordshire. Although the leaves have similar features to that of an Ash Tree (Fraxinus...

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News and Nurturing – March 2018

Marching on... Spring is beginning to burst out all over. We are being charmed by a flock of goldfinches, visiting the teasels just outside our office every morning. Snowdrops, aconites and daffodils complete the scene and we are watching our patch of ransoms grow by...

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Tree of the Month – March 2018

March - Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) Scots pine is an evergreen one of just three conifers that are native to the UK, and are also found in native Northern Europe. Five thousand years ago it covered Britain in a vast forest. Now the only remnants are...

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