Bright Woods Forest School Community Interest Company (CIC) have just gained Recognised Forest School Provider status from the Forest School Association.
Based at the Deepdale Nature Reserve near Barnard Castle, they are the first CIC in the UK to gain the new Recognised Status award.

Honia Devlin is a co-Director and L3 Practitioner at Bright Woods: “We are immensely proud to become the first Community Interest Company to be approved by the Forest School Association as a Recognised Provider. The application process was very meticulous and thorough. We believe that it is essential for all practitioners to be able to demonstrate that they adhere to all of the Forest School Principles in every aspect of their practice and strive to deliver nothing less than high-quality Forest School programmes.”

Gemma McColl, co-Director and L3 aspirant continues: ” It is important that we make a clear distinction in what is and what isn’t recognised as Forest School. After becoming a Community Interest Company, we discovered that delivering solely Forest School programmes would not be sufficient to make the enterprise sustainable. Therefore, we feel even more obliged to send a clear message to our customers, which part of our offer fulfils the FSA’s definition of Forest Schools. The Recognition scheme has helped us to reflect on our practice to date and we are highly committed to extending our Forest School programmes in the future.”

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