You’ll find me in the forest…

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

ANDY WILSON founded Bristol Forest School in Leigh Court Farm in 2004. He trained with the original Forest School cohort from Bridgwater College, and has a wealth of experience from 15 years forest school teaching.

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. 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 Our Woodland.

SOPHIE BUTLER joined Bristol Forest School eight 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.

Sophie established the BFS Pre-Schools, the Saturday Club Minis and Adventurers. She now supports the running of these groups and is responsible for BFS’s policies, website and Facebook.

 joined the BFS staff team in 2015 following a dedicated volunteering stint and completing her Level Three Forest School. Hannah is an experienced primary school teacher who now works part-time in a Steiner Kindergarten as well as undertaking the nature connection course ‘Call of the Wild’.

To contact Hannah, please email

TORI PURRETT originally studied Education at university before working in Steiner schools and with adults and children with learning difficulties. More recently, Tori has been working as a Holistic Massage Therapist alongside running courses that utilise nature to improve our health and well-being. Tori’s most recent challenge is to master the art of long-bow making…

Tori completed her Level Three Forest School in 2018 and now co-runs our Home Ed-venturers group with Aimee as well as assisting in Pre-School. To contact Tori, please email

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.

Rahima joined BFS to set up and run Woodland Adventure: ‘a Holiday Club with a touch of magic’. Alongside this, Rahima is a Forest School Co-ordinator in a Bristol primary school. To contact Rahima, please email

STEVE WESENER hails from Australia where he has spent the majority of his life at the beach and in the wilderness. Since arriving to the UK with his family in 2017, Steve has gained his Forest School qualification as well as participating in the nature-connection course ‘Call of the Wild’. Steve is passionate about story-telling, ceremony and creating playful experiences in nature.

Steve assists with school groups and staff training and is currently creating evening nature-connection sessions in the woods.

LUCY ROSE HARRIS joined Bristol Forest School in 2017 and is a qualified primary school teacher with six 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 has worked in our BFS Pre-Schools, Saturday Minis and running Bristol Forest School parties. At the moment, Lucy is taking some maternity time with new baby Luna.

TOM FOSTER received his Forest School leadership certificate in 2016 after spending 13 years leading outdoor activities in an SEN school. Tom recently completed a Practical Sustainability Course ‘Shift Bristol’ to focus on 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 has brought a new group to fruition: the Home Ed-venturers – which she is co-running with Tori, as well as leading our monthly Saturday Adventurers and Saturday Tribe. To contact Aimee, please email

HENRY TWIST has recently completed his Forest School Leadership certification alongside teaching English in secondary school. Having spent the preceding five years in mainstream education, Henry is passionate about creating enriching experiences for children through the wonderful adventures that can be found when you get outdoors.

Henry assists with our regular school groups and in our Saturday Adventures and Saturday Tribe with Aimee.

FLEUR HANDLEY is a nature-lover who works as a facilitator to promote well-being through gardening; she runs a community allotment in Knowle West and leads outdoor activities at the Bristol Trinity Centre. Fleur is Franco-British and enjoys travelling the countryside in her campervan and putting her love of languages to use!

Fleur completed her FS Level 3 in December 2018 and is now assists Tor and Aimee in both our weekly Home Ed-venturers groups.

LOUISE SPELLWARD is a qualified Horticulturalist and garden designer with a background in Environmental Conservation, she delivers practical conservation courses such as hedge-laying and tree-felling.

Lou first started with BFS as a parent attending with her son; not wanting to miss out on the fun, she decided to train in Forest School herself and completed her Level 3: Lou is our new Pre-School Leader! To contact her, email

KATE BERRY is an art educator with 12 years’ experience delivering workshops in natural history, well-being, gardening, woodcraft, story creation, art, photography and heritage. She is passionate about outdoor education and wildlife conservation and loves to inspire the next generation to care for the environment.

Kate has been volunteering with BFS since 2016 while gaining her Level 3 FS qualification. She has now completed her training and is assisting with school groups and staff training alongside running BFS parties.