Due to Covid-19, we have reduced personnel at the offices of the Sylva Foundation and our premises at the Sylva Wood Centre. Emails and phone messages are being checked but please allow a little longer than usual to receive a response.
Please do not arrange a formal visit without first checking with us. Members of the public are free to enjoy our network of permitted paths through the Future Forest as usual.

Bringing Children Closer to Nature
Report of a survey on Forest School and outdoor learning in England, June 2019

Thank you to the 1,171 educators and woodland owners who took part in the public online survey called Bringing Children Closer to Nature.

The survey was run in late 2018 and promoted
 to practitioners to gather much-needed evidence concerning
 barriers and opportunities to Forest
 School practice and outdoor
 learning in wooded areas and forests, and to quantify any issues regarding the establishment and sustaining of Forest Schools.

The national survey was undertaken as a key evidence-gathering activity to support and guide the activities of the Forest Schools for All project,
 an initiative between Sylva Foundation, The Ernest Cook Trust (funder), and The Forest School Association (partner). We hope this report can be used by individuals and organisations who aim to bring all children closer to nature in the UK.

Download the report

Download the report