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The Forest Approach is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a natural environment. Forest School is a specialised approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland learning. 

The Forest Approach led by a forest leader aims to provide holistic learning for children and adults in our base ‘The Hut’ and within our outdoor environment; learning is enhanced by the fantastic woodlands that surround our base. Some learning experiences are loosely structured in order to accommodate interests and curiosity.   

Today's children are often wrapped in ‘cotton wool’ and unable to make their own judgements about risk. The Forest Approach enables children to experience managed risk and allows them to make their own decisions which helps them develop into more confident individuals. The Forest Approach differs from other forms of learning in that it focuses on the whole person.  

In an environment outside of the formal educational setting of classrooms the woodland creates its own learning environment framed by safety routines and established boundaries.  

Children experience active learning in a less structured manner which suits the individual learning styles of many children.

Physical activity through games, crafts and play encourages the development of gross and fine motor skills and develops core strength; a more balanced and a fitter child. 


Who to contact

Contact Name
Wendy Hamley
Contact Position
Owner & Forest Lead


Our Workshops 

In ‘The Hut’ and local woodlands will aim to develop:

• Self-Awareness

• Self-Regulation

• Intrinsic motivation

• Empathy

• Social communication skills

• Independence

• Positive mental attitude

• Self esteem

• Confidence

Forest Workshops with me Children only workshop

Home Education Monday  9-12

Adult/Carers and child sing & sign forest workshop - At ‘The Hut’ age 2 upwards fire building, arts/crafts and signed singing. The Forest Leader will be joined by Sarah from Sign school 

The "Alder Club" Children only afterschool workshop age 4-12 and school holidays - Wednesdays 3.30-5.30pm

Weekends Workshops - These 2-4 hour workshops are design by The Forest Leader; therefore, this allows us to be flexible to the individual needs of the group/s. Working hand in hand with children and adults to develop both you/your child to find your/their own passions and skills. The Forest Leader is always on hand to help you/your child to develop.

Acorns to Oaks Workshops- This 90 minute or 60 minute workshop on Wednesday's 9.30-11 & 12.00-1.30

Parents/carers/grandparents  &  their  children to bond with you and others.

Building relationships is so important for both adults & children; it will create memories that will last forever. Building bonds with peers develops so much more than confidence, independence & 

self-esteem (although these are super important ) it develops kindness, compassion, respect & love. The holistic approach to learning, hand in hand with nature will develop this.

The Forest Approach will teach us to manage our risks, assess our boundaries, look after our earth & respect each other.


On Demand Bespoke Workshops

*Adult/Carers and child - At ‘The Hut’ Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities; smaller groups age 3-4

* Adult/carers and child - At ‘The Hut’ Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND); smaller groups age 5-8

 * Nurseries, Preschools, Schools - Educational - At ‘The Hut’/local woodlands or your educational setting age 3-10

* Childminders - Educational package/group childminder forest workshop At ‘The Hut’ and local woodlands

* Home-schooled children - Educational package/group At ‘The Hut’ and local woodlands

* Adults  - At ‘The Hut’ and/or local woodlands. Workshops could include Mindfulness or yoga

* Seniors - At ‘The Hut’ and/or local woodlands. Workshops could include Mindfulness or stone painting

* Team Building - At ‘The Hut’ and/or local woodlands.

* Consultancy Workshops on your outside space and how the Forest Approach can bring forest workshops to your environment. 


Contact the Forest Leader to discuss your bespoke workshop/individual requirements.





Where to go

The Forest Approach
White Lion Antiques
Hartford Bridge
Hartley Wintney
RG27 8AE

 The Forest Approach is situation at The White Lion Antiques in Hartley Wintney, Turn left into their carpark and we are located in the forest lodge and the hut - We also use Hazeley Health Woodlands 

Secure environment, Accessible toilets

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Session Information
Most Days

Other Details


Workshops start from £15
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