Forest School Testimonials

 
I must say I have been attending training courses of one kind or another for about 40 years – and can honestly say the week at Stave Hill was by far the best one I’ve ever been on. I have let the school know how much I enjoyed it and that I’m keen to make a start.
— Level 3 Trainee 

 
The session was really enjoyable and gave me so much to think about. I came away with my head full of ideas and eager to get going with next steps on my forest school journey. Gemma, the Tutor was fantastic, enthusiastic and supportive. Thank you-I really hope to be able to study for the qualification this year.
— Taster Session attendee

 
This was a brilliant and very inspiring day. Gemma was so knowledgable and interesting, she has a wonderful inclusive way of teaching us. It has definitely made everything much clearer and made us think about forest school in our lives in the future.
— Taster Session attendee

 
What a wonderful oasis! Really impressed by The Hive and the trainers, excited about learning more and so pleased I came to the taster session.
— Taster Session attendee

 
The course struck a really good balance of theory and practice and it was great that the majority was done outside. The content covered was interesting and informative and there were lots of pointers on how to complete tasks, both on site and at home.
— Level 3 Trainee 

 
Excellent training - lovely tutor and group.
— Level 3 Trainee 

 
I've loved every moment of the training.
— Level 3 Trainee 


Thank you for the day on Saturday. I left feeling very excited about this being a path I would like to explore further. I particularly enjoyed the chance to experience finding firewood, fire lighting and making the beads. I thought Gemma had a really approachable style to her leadership of the day and I enjoyed her enthusiastic personal tips and facts she shared through the day. 
— Taster Session attendee

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I would like to say a massive thank you for last Saturday. I truly had an amazing day and I really want to become level 3 trained. It’s clear you're so passionate about what you do. 
— Taster Session attendee
 

This week has been great. I've become so much more confident, as the week has gone on. I still feel I need more practice myself with the fire before doing it with the kids, but as you say, it's about getting them to follow the routine and fire safety rules first, before introducing the real fire. We can build up, week to week.
— Level 3 Trainee
 

It's been great. We've got so many ideas now for our forest school and the site. Before this week I wasn't really involved in the Forest School site, I used to take the children up there sometimes but I didn't really know what to do with them there. It's really opened my eyes to the possibilities, it's been really good.
— Level 2 Trainee


Thank you, you've given us so many ideas, I'm really excited to start now!
— Level 3 Trainee


I really enjoyed the weaving, it's quite therapeutic isn't it. I could see the kids sitting round the fire enjoying this activity.
— Level 2 Trainee



It's amazing what you can find out here and what you can make from what you can find! You'd have never have thought it possible!
Level 3 trainee making fairy villages
 

It's a lovely feeling isn't it! Oh smell that! It smells lovely!
— Level 3 trainee whittling fresh hazel