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 13 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 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.

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 Marketing & Social Media..

 joined the BFS staff team in 2015 following a dedicated volunteering stint. 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. She is also an experienced primary school teacher.

Hannah runs our BFS Pre-School: Tiny Trees and Forest Folk, as well as leading our Saturday Club Minis. To contact Hannah, please email

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 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…

This year Tori is completing her Level Three Forest School paperwork while co-running our new Home Ed-venturers group with Aimee. 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.

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. To contact Rahima, please email

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 with Hannah.

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.

This year, Lucy will begin assisting in our BFS Pre-Schools and our Saturday Minis. She also 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 has brought our new home-school group to fruition: the Home Ed-venturers – which she is co-running with Tori, as well as leading our monthly Saturday Adventurers and Bristol Forest School parties. To contact Aimee, please email

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. He is also an enthusiastic (but amateur!) forager.

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

LOUISE SPELLWARD is a qualified horticulturalist with a background in Environmental conservation management. She currently designs outdoor spaces as well as running practical nature groups such as hedge-laying and tree-felling.

Louise has been visiting BFS with her son for years, and, not wanting to miss out on the fun, she decided to train in Forest School herself. Louise has been volunteering at BFS and is now completing her FS Level Three while beginning to assist Hannah in our Tiny Trees Pre-School.