Using nature to nurture
Increasing confidence and wellbeing in our children
Picture the scene; the sound of twigs snapping underfoot, the smell of pine needles in the air and the curiosity in your child’s eyes as they learn a new skill.
Roots to Branches is about reconnecting our children with nature. Getting outdoors in the fresh air promotes confidence and well being; vital to a child’s development.
We get them engaging with the environment and offer alternative learning through fun, safe woodland based activities.
Affects of our Forest Schools include smiles, increased confidence and wellbeing, muddy shoes, grass stained knees and dirty finger nails.
We are a CIC what does that mean?
Roots to Branches Forest School CIC is a Community Interest Company. We are a not-for-profit organisation that supports adults, children and the environment following a forest school ethos to deepen nature connection.
We aim to support the community and environment around us for a better future.
I mentioned Forest school. What is it?
Aside from being fun? Forest School is increased confidence and wellbeing. It’s learning brand new skills in an alternative, child led learning experience. Extensive research has shown that children who experience outdoor play and learning are healthier, have more motivation and better social skills.
During the sessions your child will learn about tree and plant life and how to protect them, fire safety, campfire cooking, safe use of tools and woodland crafts to name a few. These new skills teach confidence, responsibility, empathy, tolerance, compassion and independence.
Our Forest Schools are all year round and in all weather (within reason) and are for
both children and adults alike. We offer lots of services which can be found on the menu above.
Meet Jenna - Director & forest school practitioner
Jenna started her forest school journey while working as a Park Ranger and qualified as al level 3 Forest School Practitioner in 2016 and has worked outdoors ever since. Jenna has worked with people of all ages throughout her career and is passionate about nature, well being and child led play. She holds qualifications in Level 3 Forest School Practitioner, Outdoor First Aid, Level 2 Food Safety and is fully DBS checked.
Meet Lisa - Director & forest school practitioner
Lisa met Jenna in 2019 at a forest school event and has never left. Her passion has just grown beyond all expectations. Lisa loves working with babies, toddlers and children in the great outdoors. Lisa is a level 3 Forest School Practitioner with Outdoor First Aid and Early Years level 3 and is fully DBS checked.
Meet Michelle- Volunteer Director
Michelle joined the team in 2021 as a volunteer director to make becoming a CIC possible. Michelle brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her teaching and experience with SEND. She is a passionate singer so be prepared to hear some of her unique forest school songs and creative writing ideas.
Meet Claire- Forest School practitioner
Claire joined the team in 2021. With a history in teaching and three wild children she is excellent at following children's interests. Claire is a level 3 forest school Practitioner with outdoor first aid and is fully DBS checked.
Meet Jessica- Forest school practitioner
Jessica joined the team in 2021. Jessica is passionate about the woods and the wellness it can bring to people that have poor mental health. She uses her 15 years of primary teaching experience and gentle nature to create that important connection to nature. Jessica is a level 3 forest school Practitioner with outdoor first aid and is fully DBS checked.
Meet Kate - Forest school practitioner
Kate joined the team in 2021. She loves getting out to the woods and is passionate about the environment and immersing children in its wonders. With over 20 years teaching experience she has worked with Primary School age children all over the world, but now prefers working in the woodland classroom. Kate is a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner with Outdoor First Aid and Level 2 Food Safety accreditation and DBS checks.