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There is a wealth of places to visit for schools in The National Forest ranging from interactive visitor centres such as Conkers, historic attractions such as Bosworth Battlefield, Ashby de la Zouch Castle and Calke Abbey through to activities at Rosliston Forestry Centre and Swadlincote Ski Centre. All of these venues run excellent educational programmes. Request a Group Visits Guide which contains further information on the educational visits available or download this section.

myForest for Education in The National Forest

In partnership with the National Forest Company, the Sylva Foundation recently ran a successful one day myForest for Education workshop for Forest School Leaders and woodland owners.

The workshop began with walks and talks on woodland management. Charles Robinson, National Forest Woodland Management Officer, gave an overview of the 20 year old woodland created on the site of a former coal mine and the next phase of its management. Woodland owner David Scott-Malden explained his management objectives and highlighted the value of having a Forest School group use his site. The mutual benefits of managing the woodland together was further emphasised by Nicola Mailer from Ashby Castle Day Nursery who runs popular weekly Forest School Sessions and summer holiday schemes in the wood.

Participants used the survey form from myForest for Education to do a sketch map of the site, tree inventory and record ecological impacts and benefits of having a regular Forest School in the woodland.

After an inspiring field visit, Jen Hurst, Sylva Foundation’s Education Manager presented myForest for Education online management planning tool and participants enjoyed using the system to map their own Forest School sites and start their management plans.

Participants commented in the evaluation:
“The training has given me a better understanding of managing my site”
“myForest for Education will change the way we approach writing management plans”

Sue Anderson, Community Liaison Officer commented:
“For the National Forest and Sylva Foundation the workshop succeeded in bringing together woodland owners and educators to discuss the value of managing woodlands for education and providing them with practical support to achieve this. It was an enjoyable, informal session that has helped us in developing our woodland network locally.”

Find out more about Dumbles Wood and Forest School by reading the Case Study and Blog below:


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