You’ll find me in the forest…

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ANDY WILSON founded Bristol Forest School in the Leigh Court Farm woodland in 2004. He was trained with the original cohort of Forest School practitioners from Bridgwater College, and has a wealth of experience from thirteen years forest school teaching.

As Woodland Manager, Andy has successfully transformed the BFS site into a beautiful and accessible educational space. He monitors our ecological footprint through an environmentally sustainable attitude to the woodland: see Our Woodland for more details.

Andy runs regular Forest School sessions and parties at both the BFS woodland and in schools throughout Bristol. He also runs Forest School staff training.


SOPHIE BUTLER joined Bristol Forest School six years ago. She is a trained Early Years teacher and qualified as a Level Three Forest School Leader in 2012.

Sophie’s passion for nature and sustainability has grown over the years since living off-grid in an eco village in Hawaii. She now works as both a forest school teacher and is responsible for BFS’s Marketing & Social Media.

Sophie established the BFS Pre-Schools: Forest Folk and Tiny Trees, as well as the Saturday Club Minis and Adventurers. She now supports the running of these groups while training other members of staff.


HANNAH BUSHELL joined the BFS staff team in 2015 following a dedicated volunteering stint. She is an Early Years/KS1 specialist as well as having a Level Three Forest School award.

Hannah has worked with children around the world as an au pair in France, a creche leader in Spain, a TEFL teacher in South America and most recently spending many of her school holidays in Calais working to support young refugees.

Hannah currently co-runs our BFS Pre-School in both our Tiny Trees and Forest Folk groups, and is our new Saturday Club Minis leader. To get in touch with Hannah, please email hannah@bristolforestschool.co.uk.


TORI PURRETT is another volunteer-upgrade; originally studying Education at university and working in Steiner schools and with adults and children with learning difficulties. More recently, Tori has been working as a Holistic Massage Therapist alongside undertaking Forest School training and other courses that utilise nature to improve our health and well-being.

This year Tori is completing her Level Three Forest School while assisting in the BFS Pre-School as well as in BFS Woodland Parties. She is also co-running our new “Home Ed-venturers” group with Aimee.

Tori’s most recent challenge is to master the art of long-bow making…


Additionally, BFS has a number of PART-TIME STAFF and VOLUNTEERS who assist in running our forest school sessions, planning activities and preparing resources. All staff who lead sessions alone, including our BFS Woodland Parties, are fully Forest School qualified, DBS checked, First Aid trained and they hold Public Liability Insurance. They include…


RAHIMA FITZWILLIAM HALL qualified as a Forest School leader in 2014 after working on outdoor expeditions and adventure camps for children. She set up forest school programs in several primary schools in London before moving to Bristol.

As well as being a primary school Forest School coordinator, Rahima spends her free time running the BFS Holiday Adventure Club and our monthly Saturday Tribe and Saturday Adventurers. To contact Rahima, please email rahima@bristolforestschool.co.uk.


JAMES WOOD has over 16 years experience of working with and amongst the trees. From leading conservation groups to running his own tree surgery business, James particularly enjoys combining his love of woodlands and story telling.

James is finalising his Forest School Leader portfolio and he co-runs our adoptive holiday days.


LUCY ROSE HARRIS joined Bristol Forest School in 2017 and is a qualified primary school teacher with five years teaching experience. Lucy gained her Forest School Level 3 Award in 2014 and is passionate about promoting outdoor learning opportunities, a love of nature and fun adventures for children.

Lucy runs Bristol Forest School parties. To contact Lucy in reference to a party booking, please call her on 07519 093 572.


TOM FOSTER received his Forest School leadership certificate in 2016 after spending 13 years leading outdoor activities in an SEN school. Tom has recently completed a Practical Sustainability Course with Shift Bristol to focus towards living and working more with the land including through outdoor education.

Tom runs Bristol Forest School parties. To contact Tom in reference to a party booking, please call him on 07763 238 405.


AIMEE BOWDEN joined BFS as a volunteer in January 2016 fresh from a six-month camping adventure in a community in Devon. She now works as a play-worker and forest schooler as well as a keen spoon whittler and wild-swimming fanatic.

Aimee is in the process of setting up a BFS “Home Ed-venturers” programme, as well as running Bristol Forest School parties. To contact Aimee, please call her on 07815 561 800.


CHRIS BAIRD has been teaching martial arts for several years alongside working with Community Farms (CSA’s) and Agricultural, Environmental and Forestry Industries in Logistics and Operations capacities. He is also an enthusiastic (but amateur!) forager.

Chris began at BFS by volunteering in Tiny Trees and is beginning his first official role supporting Rahima in our Saturday Tribe while completing his Forest School training.


SINEAD BROWNING is a mother of three, local childminder, trained Forest School Leader and a former maths and science teacher.

Sinead is also a keen gardener and a skilled craftsperson and can put her hand to all manner of natural materials from willow and wool, to felt and foraging. Although Sinead no longer runs BFS sessions, she continues to provide BFS with exciting natural resources and quirky session ideas for the wee ones.