Meet the team

Each Team member at Silverwoods Forest School is hand picked, for their love, passion and respect for the great outdoors, their understanding of our Forest School Ethos, greater still their skills in communicating and working with children, which bring out a positive, happy and fun environment for your children to be in and around.

All our Team members carry an up to date DBS check (enhanced criminal records check) they have read and understood are policies and procedures, including safeguarding children. Most of our Team holds a Pediatric First Aid certificate and forest School first Aid Certificate. All our team members here at Silverwoods, Strive to bring out the best in all the children that go through our Forest School Programmes.

Victoria Hofgartner

Hi my name is Victoria Hofgartner, I am the Director of Silverwoods Forest School Limited. I am also a mother to a very happy, confident, content and loving boy called Sterling.

I am creative, strong willed and passionate, as I inspire children and adults that attend my forest school to be more in tune with nature. To create a world where people are more attached to one another and nature, and less attached to the material things in life. To escape the modern stresses of the wider world, and to be more mindful and present in the moment!

Everyone needs a little nature and the great outdoors in their life, it feeds the soul!

I am a qualified Forest School Practitioner Level 3, I trained with Archimedes (now known as forest school’s education) We have full public liability insurance up to 5 Million Pounds, I hold both Paediatric First Aid and Outdoor Forest School First Aid Certificates, up to date DBS Check on the update service, TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Safeguarding, Prevent and British Values (RQF) 2021, and a Level 2 Award in Food Safety.

I have several years’ experience working as a Nanny with children from all ages. I have worked in local schools; set up and run forest school programmes for Pyrford Primary C of E School and Little Acorns Day Nursery in Cobham. I have helped in the running of forest school sessions for four Forest schools across Surrey and London; I have experience working around children with special educational needs and disabilities.

I am also very passionate about Wild Food and how we can sustainably forage for it in the wild. I am currently studying “Teach Foraging” with Di Hammill at the Wild Harvest School. So, watch this space in the coming future!


Here at Silverwoods Forest School we are on the look out for Forest School Practitioners Level 3, Level 2 and Level 1, also Forest School helpers and volunteers that are looking for work experience whilst training to become Forest School Practitioners. You must have a current up to date DBS check and be willing to undergo Children's Safeguard Training. For more info please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!