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Learning in your forest

The Forestry Commission looks after more than 1500 woods and forests across England that 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 families, schools and learners of all ages.

Forest Phone Trail - A sensory adventure!

Try our brand new Forest Phone Trail in any Forestry Commission woodland in England!

No maps… no posts… no arrows… you make your own route at your favourite forest.

Friend or Foe? You decide ...  

All summer, the Forestry Commission is celebrating the forest and its incredible insects with the Friend or Foe trail. Although some insects sting or bite, many are essential for pollinating plants and as a food for other animals. Follow the trail, find out all about insects – the good stuff and the bad. Friend or foe? ...You decide!

Friend or foe circle 

The trail is available at the following 15 sites across the county:

Wyre, Leigh Woods, Symonds Yat, Mortimer Forest, Haughmond Hill, Great Wood, Cardinham Woods, Cann Woods, Haldon Forest Park, Alice Holt, Dalby, Hicks Lodge, Sense Valley, Sherwood and Chambers.

 Find your local wood and get in touch to find out more.

Schools and groups

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. Here you can find lesson plans, curriculum links and free, downloadable resources for children from pre-school age to Key Stage 4.

Family activities  

Fun activities to download and print for free 


Information about our apprenticeships, volunteering opportunities, graduate training and careers, and resources to help you with your studies.

Adult learning

Find out about our forest plans, sustainable forestry and how you can get involved with your local forest

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.

Win a goodie bag! Just 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.

If you complete the questionnaire, you could win a Forestry Commission goodie bag. Full terms and conditions are available here.

Last updated: 14th July 2016

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.