Summarise the history of Forest School in the UK

This post is part of the series Forest School Portfolio

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Despite Forest School seeming to many to be a very new initiative it is in fact well established in the UK and beyond. Our history of Forest School timeline details the key events. Follow the links to read more about each event or organisation.

The History of Forest School Timeline

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1509635389483{padding-top: 0px !important;}”][icon_timeline][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1993″]A group of nursery nurses from Bridgewater College, Somerset, visit a Danish Forest School and are so impressed with the ethos and approach that they return to the UK keen to develop their own programme. Forest School has been rapidly developing since.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”1995″]History of Forest SChool - Bridgwater College

Bridgwater college develop a BTech in Forest School and begin to offer the course, in  particular to early years providers. In the years to come many other providers have seen the benefit of Forest School and begun to offer their own courses.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2000″]Wales and some local authorities in England begin to support Forest School with local colleges starting to deliver training for Forest School programme leaders. Other private training providers begin to offer courses. With the support of the Forestry Commission in Wales the Open College Network develop an accredited Forest School leadership qualification.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2001″]

Forest School Wales is formed.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2002″]A number of Forest School practitioners hold the first national conference and collectively define Forest School as: ‘An inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.’[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2003″]History of Forest School - Forestry Commission Scotland

The Forestry Commission is devolved in Scotland. The Forestry Commission Scotland immediately begin to support Forest School training in Scotland.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2005″]The Forest School Trainers Network is established by a network of trainers in Wales.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2012″]The Forestry Commissions Forest Education Initiative (FEI), which provided the main networking and support to practitioners, is replaced by the Forest Education Network (FEN). The FEN “provides an information, signposting and support service for members that are themselves directly involved with providing or promoting forest education opportunities” and is hosted by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC).[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2012″]

The Forest School Association (FSA) is launched as the new professional association for Forest School and the governing body for training.

[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”2017 onward…”]Forest School is increasingly recognised and supported as a valid tool to support the development of children and young people and continues to receive support from household names such as the Forestry Commission and the Wildlife Trusts.[/icon_timeline_item][/icon_timeline][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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