FSA Endorsement

So thrilled to be  one of the very first trainers endorsed by the Forest School Association. It has been a thorough process, ensuring I have all the qualifications, experience, policies and procedures in place to offer top quality training reflecting the Forest School ethos and principles.

In true Forest School style it has felt challenging, even risky, at times but I have been supported all the way by Forest School colleagues.

The three stage process requires a fair amount of reflection. The best part was the unhurried, detailed professional discussion with two experienced colleagues at Stage Three.

I am delighted to have achieved endorsed trainer status because I am now in a position to improve my practice and support other trainers within the dynamic, highly professional, supportive structure of the endorsed trainer’s group.

As a founder a member of the FSA I am delighted to be a small part of it’s evolution. I am committed to engaging colleagues across the education sector, promoting well being through transformative nature connection whilst fostering collaboration. I do believe Forest School is for all!

Learning Together

Our good friends Jon Cree and Kev Keane busy thinking about experiential learning in a workshop at the first Oxfordshire Forest School conference, hosted at Hill End by Oxfordshire Forest School Service.

Many Forest School leaders in the Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire FSA Network group are keen to develop their skills and knowledge through regular meetings. This campfire supper happened at Combe Mill in November 2017.

Some members are even asking for a conference, like the one held by the South West FSA Group at a wonderful site in Clevedon. I loved Lily Horseman’s workshop on play.

 

The next meeting of the OBB FSA group is March 21st at 4.30pm. Venue tbc.

Anyone interested in joining us should contact :

David Nash

For many years our family have been privileged to visit David and Claire Nash at their home in North Wales. Our children grew up knowing amazing sculptures, sitting in and on them, relishing the hugeness of their towering forms. We visited galleries to see David’s sculptures and clambered about in woodlands on sculpture trails. Recent favourites have been the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Kew Gardens.

Really looking forward to his big show in Cardiff later this year. To see the whole of his Welsh story. Sculptures grown and art made in Wales.

David has been a champion of trees, woodlands and forests for most of his life.

To find out more:

 

Please do not follow…

Confidence, independence and the wonderful ability to manage her own risks. Primrose chooses her own path, asking to be allowed to go by herself, “Please do not follow me Grandma!”
Had to sneak a photo though.

 

Lichen

I am always amazed at the variety of lichen I can find in a small patch of woodland. Then I was astounded to read that there are over 1, 700 native species in the British Isles; over 200 alone in Ancient Woodland according to the Woodland Trust.

Given this huge variety I feel less concerned about my inability to identify them and am able to simply marvel at how the symbiosis of fungi, algae and sometimes bacteria creates lichen. How remarkable is it that by joining forces they produce food through photosynthesis, accessing oxygen and water from the atmosphere?

This beautiful colony in a wet welsh woodland was worthy of a Harry Potter story. It must have magical powers?

When I was 12 my best friend dyed wool with lichen and knitted me a pair of fingerless gloves. Animals and people eat lichen, although one species was used to poison wolves; it is used in perfume and was a ‘stuffing’ material, with antibacterial properties,  used by the Ancient Egyptians when embalming bodies.

Sarah Lawfull