Director of NatureEd cic

“Forest School tasters is an ideal way to introduce your staff and children to the the learning potential of Forest Schools and how it links to the National Curriculum.”

We offer Forest School tasters to groups and schools who want to experience woodland play and use of tools and fire but maybe can’t commit to a full programme of activities.

Foraging and cooking on an open fire taster (KS2 – adults)

A chance to explore wild foods, learning the importance of identification and cooking safely in the woods.  The session helps children assess and take calculated risks, encouraging  independence and teaches key skills such as working with tools, basic health and hygiene in the outdoors.


teacher about foraging session 2016

“Children had a great time foraging and cooking garlic bread"

Forest School Taster (KS1 & 2)                                               

A chance for children to come, explore and enjoy time in the woodland.   Activities may include basic tree id, plant survey, conservation tasks, bows and arrows, dens and shelters etc.  Sessions aim to improve communication and behaviour, team work and introduce pupils to new ways of working.


Textiles & Industry (KS2)

Rochdale has a rich industrial heritage. These   autumn sessions study the history of textiles. have looked at textiles and industry in relation to the cloth industry, dying and manufactures of both wool and cotton fabrics.  Powered initially by water wheels these mills followed the rivers course, the heritage entwined with the landscape features. Children made birch bobbins on the pole lathe and made natural dyes and print fabrics

child regarding textiles and industry session autumn 2016

“Really liked making my stick loom "

Stone Age Living (KS2)

Going back into the past looking at stone age tools, primitive fire making and building shelters. This is a chance for children to find out about the landscape and environment of Rochdale would have looked like in pre-historic times experience for themselves the challenges of surviving in the Wild Woods!

These sessions were originally developed through funding from Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the ‘celebating our woodland heritage” project led but Pennine Prospects