Free HAF, Go Wild Drop-off & Family Fun in the Woods Sessions.

Lots of activities, sites and Easter fun to choose from.

Don't delay - Book today! Sessions are filled very quickly once advertised.

For more information and to book the Family Fun Day and Go Wild Drop-off click HERE

For more information and to book the FREE HAF sessions click HERE

Feb Half Term Holiday - Family Forest Fun Monday 12th Feb

We are delighted to be able to offer 2 family sessions on Monday 12th Feb.

Join us for an adventure in the beautiful bandy Hole Copse wood. Aimed at young families with children 18m-8yrs we'll be cooking over the campfire, enjoying some wonderful forest school activities that will be seasonal and inspired by nature. A fun morning of adventurous outdoor play that will leave you all happy and relaxed!! Session 10-12am and 1-3pm tickets £15 for bookings click here

New Year - New Job!!?? Come and join our team!

We are recruiting...

Are you looking for a new challenge ? We are delighted to offer a new opportunity for a dynamic experienced forest school leader - We are recruiting an Assistant Director forest school leader to the team.

This position has some operational responsibilities but also will include forest school delivery. level 3 forest school qualification is essential.

Based in Chichester and surrounding area. 30 hours a week over 4 days.

Come and join our warm friendly team!

further information here

Please send cover letter and CV

For more information contact us on info@chichiesterforestschools.com

Childrens Christmas Holiday HAF sessions - wonderful time had!!

A wonderful week of Woodland sessions for Children on benefit related free School meals.

It was mud mud mud! lots of outdoor play, a chance to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun!!!

Many thanks to all the children who attended and to Abbie and Laura for leading the sessions ably assisted by Emma, Harmony and Rosie.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon.


Womens Winter woodcraft

Our womens woodcraft sessions have been a huge success.

Despite the challenging weather this Autumn everyone enjoyed the sessions, some fulfilling a life long wish to get to grips with wood tools and woodcraft. Everyone had chance to get creative and make something special for the season.

Our womens winter woodcraft sessions will be back in February. Please get in touch if you would like more information.







HAF Summer holiday bookings - Do you know about the new booking system???

We have lots of forest school activity sessions this summer for children and families who are in receipt of benefit related free school meals in different locations and on different days. We also have some fun Family sessions for families with different aged children.

To book register on the HAF booking page https://haf.bookinglab.co.uk/westsussex/37147/login

You will need your HAF number which you can get from your school or by emailing HAF@westsussex.gov.uk

This summer we have

Tuesdays  Drop off sessions Wild in the woods  in the Secret  Garden Fishbourne  and Brandy Hole Copse Woods Chichester  10-3pm

Thursdays and Fridays Drop off sessions Wild in the Woods in Lavant House school woods 10-3pm

Led by our forest school team and with only 15 children per session we work hard to ensure every child has opportunities to follow their interests and make new friends. All our staff have experience working with all ages and different needs SEN.

Please contact us if you need help with booking or to discuss our holiday sessions 01243 680370








Space to Breathe Girls - woodland support group

So excited to see some of the willow lanterns made by our Space to Breathe Girls group on display in South Street, Chichester, as part of the Culture Spark Our Landscape community exhibition. It was wonderful to bump into a parent and grandparent of one of the girls who had been through our Space to Breathe Girls group. They told me how much the group, being in nature, had helped their daughter/granddaughter during a really difficult and low time and how well and happy she is now! So lovely to hear!!

Our Space to Breathe Girls Group is for 11-15yrs olds is free and meets in Kingley Vale on Sundays on a fortnightly basis. Designed to support Girls who are struggling with low self esteem and mental health ... we have lots of fun and enjoy the fabulous nature of Kingley Vale..... for more info and booking click here

Zoom recording - Supporting the transition back to school Parent wellbeing session 6

Our psychologist and life coach Helen Neary joins Rachel Maynard, Therapeutic Forest School Leader to offer lots tips and helpful advice to support our children and teenagers with a smooth return back to school after lockdown.

Topic: The Nature of lockdown
Start Time : Mar 4, 2021 07:48 PM

Meeting Recording:

Parents wellbeing

Being a parent of a child with mental health difficulties is a tough place to be. Getting the right and timely support for your child is a challenge with services so stretched. Parents report feeling isolated, alone, confused as to how to support their child and also cope with the impact of mental illness on the whole family.

Yesterday we were able to restart our woodland wellbeing sessions for parents. We shared a relaxing morning in the woods, we learned and practiced the 54321 mindful technique, enjoyed a morning of woodcraft and fire and an opportunity to meet up in a relaxed, safe non-judgemental space to talk and just be.
Our sessions are led by Rachel Maynard - an experienced Therapeutic Forest practitioner and Michelle Stone Trainee counsellor. We are grateful to the Sussex Community Foundation for their funding to allow these sessions to occur.

Our next parent support and wellbeing session is in October and more to follow.

checkout our booking page for more information.


We're back! sellout summer sessions and lots to look forward to!!

After being out of action for several months during COVID -19 lock down on we are delighted to have been able to get the children out for some adventures in the woods over the summer.

All our COVID measures are in place and we are looking forward to working with schools again and restarting out Babes in the Wood and OWLs home school group.

October half term dates are available to book and we look forward to offering our high quality forest school to as many groups as we can.