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Award-winning sites for self-led learning


The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) is the national voice for learning outside the classroom.

The Forestry Commission is proud to be working with the CLOtC to create and improve opportunities for self-led learning on the public forest estate in England.

We are working towards CLOtC Site Provider Awards for Forestry Commission sites across England. This award recognises organisations which actively welcome schools onto their site/s for self-led visits and ensure that the sites and any other services provided meet the needs of schools.

CLOtC accredited forests

We have created a pdf for each existing accredited site to provide teachers and leaders with all the information needed to prepare for a self-led learning visit:

For details of other Forestry Commission learning opportunities in your local area, please get in touch.

Planning a self-led visit to a CLOtC accredited site

  1. Download the PDF to find out information about the site – follow the links to the site’s own pages on the FC website (for information about facilities, opening times etc)
  2. Contact your local FC learning team to let them know your plans, and to ask for more information if you need it
  3. Make a pre-visit to the site well before your planned trip – pick up maps and leaflets or download them from the website
  4. Don’t forget your risk assessment – for help with this, see sample risk assessment and group leader responsibilities
  5. Look at the Forestry Commission downloads (lesson plans and other activities, including a fantastic photo show to use with your class before you visit)
  6. Consider other learning opportunities available at your site eg Ranger in a Bag (RIAB) and activities led by a partner organisation
  7. After your visit, please tell us how you got on – you can send an email to the local learning team or complete the short online survey
  8. If you would like to find out more about learning opportunities on the public forest estate, please email and ask to be put onto our mailing list
Last updated: 22nd June 2017