Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost in
Bristol Forest School originated in the 19th century pleasure gardens of Leigh Court mansion, now part of Leigh Court Farm. Our schools programme also runs forest school sessions and sets up outdoor learning areas off-site, including at St Peter’s C of E Primary and at Birdwell School.
With such a long history of different uses, we’re lucky to have an incredibly diverse woodland that creates a highly stimulating experience in any season – with bamboo hideouts, flowering rhododendron and a carpet of wild garlic, our site sparks natural curiousity and fosters a genuine love of nature. This provides the basis for a wealth of activities from foraging to leaf art, planting seeds to collecting cones from towering trees.
As we’re adjacent to a working organic farm, we can also coordinate sessions to include visiting the chickens and tasting apples in the orchard.
To promote outdoor play we’ve embraced the infrastructure of the woods to build tunnels, dens, log seesaws, and climbing log piles. We’ve also added natural, purpose-built play equipment such as stepping stone paths, a leaf kitchen, a rope climbing bridge and a rather quirky “found-objects” percussion instrument!
As these are private woodlands for our school use, we have the benefits of semi-permanent structures and facilities on site. These include: a bespoke wooden roundhouse with growing roof, large parachute shelters, home-made cob ovens for cooking, fire circle and activity areas, living willow boundaries and purpose-built compost toilets.
We sustainably manage the Bristol Forest School woodland, making wildlife conservation and diversity a priority. We are also working with Heather from Bee the Change, to keep our own natural honeybee hive in the woods to aid pollination and as an educational tool for wildlife, conservation and habitats.
For directions please view our Location page.
We work hard to keep our woodland looking great for each visit and we hope you love being in it. But as it is private woodland it can only be visited during scheduled Bristol Forest School sessions – it is not available for private visits, even by forest school families.