Congratulations to the Forest School Learning Initiative (FSLI) who have now become our biggest multi-leader, multi-site provider to be recognised through the Forest School Provider scheme. The application included 6 leaders and 10 sites! It’s great to see the scheme embracing organisations of all sizes.

Chris Dee, who set up FSLI in 2006, and trains and delivers Forest School said, “Forest school Learning Initiative are delighted to now be a ‘recognised’ provider of Forest school sessions. We are now the largest provider currently recognised by the Forest School Association. Although achieving the award has been a lot of work, it now means that 10 of the schools we currently work with can be assured by an external organisation that we are a quality provider on top of the results and impact they see on the children attending Forest School. All the Team at FSLI are really pleased to get this recognition, it also means that as a very large Forest school training provider our students know that we really do practice what we teach.”

We are also delighted to celebrate the news that we have now approved our 30th Forest School Provider!! Stover Country Park are also our first Country Park to become a recognised provider.

Delyth Hurley, L3 Leader at the Country Park – “As a Ranger in a busy Country Park, the highlight of my week is the time spent running Forest School Sessions in the woods with local groups of children with Special Educational Needs. Their time in the woods is valuable and gives them the chance to explore, try new things, learn about wildlife and the freedom to choose the activities they would like to do. They challenge my imagination on a weekly basis and I am still figuring out how to build a life size Big Ben and fully functioning zip wire in our Forest School area!!

The FSA Recognised Forest School Provider scheme stood out to me as a way of proving our programmes meet the required standards and offer a quality service to visiting groups. The application process was straightforward, requiring a wide range of documents including session plans,health and safety documents and environmental management plans. I was delighted to receive the recognised provider certificate which is now displayed in pride of place in the entrance to our visitor centre to show our commitment to providing a quality Forest School experience.”

The Recognised Provider scheme is about making sure the hundreds of visitors to the FSA’s maps know where they can find quality forest school provision near to them. Visit for details | #forestschool

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