Lucy Farley Level 3 Forest School Leader & Practitioner

I am passionate about reconnecting children with the great outdoors and nature.

After having two boys of my own and revelling in exploration of our local area with them and seeing the benefits from this, I felt I wanted to expand on this further within my career paths.

The opportunity arose in 2013 when I was able to embark on forest school leadership training with my previous place of work at a local pre school.

I qualified in 2014 and ever since then I have been very lucky to be able to incorporate my love of the outside with my work and share with others these fantastic experiences.

Forest school to me embodies everything I feel children have lost due to so called Nature deficit disorder, referring to the negative consequences of a childhood without sufficient time spent connecting with the natural world.

It enables children the freedom to roam, to learn in a fun safe way about the natural world and promotes health and happiness. Forest school can also help children gain confidence, the ability to learn new skills, become independent, sense of achievement and the ability to gain resilience.

My favourite thing about forest school is seeing the overwhelming sense of pride a child feels when they finally light their first piece of cotton wool with a fire steel, or climb a tree unaided and safely or build a den out of natural materials and sit and have their lunch in it.

I have so many memorable experiences I could go on forever, but I will leave with this thought.

‘No one will protect what they do not care about; and no one will care about what they’ve never experienced ‘

Sir David Attenborough