An innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning

Welcome to
Silverwoods Forest School LTD

Our Forest School Woodland site offers a unique outdoor educational experience for children, young people and adults. Where you are all given the opportunity to develop confidence and self-esteem, through fun social experiences, achievable tasks, engagement in nature, individual and group challenges, adventure, games, art and crafts. Forest school takes place all year round in almost all weathers, you will work with tools, play, problem solve, toast marshmallows around the camp fire, thus exploring and developing your physical and emotional capabilities, whilst gaining a better understanding of the natural world around you, but above all having lots and lots of fun! Here at Silverwoods we work hard to create a memorable Forest School experience like no other.

Why we do it

We believe that everybody should have access to a safe outdoor space to learn, play and have fun, by providing this we can increase self-esteem, confidence and enhance personal, social and emotional development. We promote equality, offering a fun accessible approach to our work, with the knowledge and understanding that there can be a broad range of personal and social barriers to people taking part.

What are forest schools?

Forest School is an innovative approach, providing learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self esteem through hands-on learning experiences in and around a woodland or natural environment.

Forest school is to inspire and encourage all individuals of any age, gender and background, to enjoy the freedom to explore the natural world through positive outdoor encounters, in all seasons and weathers.

Forest School aims to develop:

  • Self awareness
  • Self regulation
  • Motivation
  • Confidence
  • Empathy
  • Independence
  • Great communication skills
  • Self esteem
  • Positive mental attitude
  • A greater understanding and respect of the natural world around them

Forest school is a great trailblazer that is used to encourage all individuals, from all walks of life, to get outside and use their open spaces more for play, health, wellbeing, recreation and personal development uses.

Why forest school?

Today’s children are often very well protected and cherished, where they are unable to make their own judgments about risk. Forest school allows children to experience managed risk and make their own decisions and therefore help produce more confident individuals. Forest school offers children regular opportunities to undertake learning and play in local woodland. Sessions in forest school are not timetable-led, but driven by the learners themselves, drawing on their interests and imagination. Through forest school children are able to develop a lifelong love and understanding of the natural environment, whilst developing the core purposes of the forest school ethos, namely, development of self-esteem, confidence and social skills.

Find Us


The site that Silverwoods Forest School uses at Polyapes Scout Camp covers about thirty acres of flat grassland, broadleaf, pinewood and mixed terrain, the site sits high up on a ridge and has beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.

We are located within Polyapes Scout Camp, the address is below:

Polyapes Scout Camp
Blundel Lane
Stoke D’Abernon
KT11 2SL