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Learning in your forest

The Forestry Commission looks after more than 1500 woods and forests across England. We know the potential - we know that forests can provide amazing learning opportunities 

All our forests are different but many are open and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all can provide classrooms without walls, for learners of all ages.

If you are a teacher or a group leader, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to plan activities and lessons in your local woods - follow the links below to find out more.

CLOtC award-winning sites

Find out about Forestry Commission woods that have won awards for self-led learning opportunities. 

Ranger in a Bag

Equipment and resources to hire in forests across the country.

Learning downloads

Activity ideas and resources for before, during and after your visit, including health and safety advice, sample risk assessments and a forest cycle slide show.

Lesson plans

Curriculum linked lesson plans for a range of topics.

Seasonal activities 

Our forests are great to visit at any time of the year. Find ideas and resources for seasonal actvities here.

Children’s University

Discover the forest with a range of activities for participants in the Children's University scheme.

Contact us

The Forestry Commission has woods and forests across England. Contact your local learning team to find out more about learning opportunities in your area. 

Are you a learning provider?

If you are a learning provider and are interested in developing your business in one of our forests, please email us.

Sign up for free learning resources

We produce a termly e-newsletter with information about forest learning opportunities and resources.

Tell us what you think

If you've taken part in a Forestry Commission England learning activity, whether that's attending an organised event or printing off one of our activity downloads and completing it by yourself, we'd like to hear what you think. Complete this simple survey and help us to continue to provide exciting learning opportunities.

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