Welcome: we are the Bristol based charity which delivers nationally recognised accredited Ascentis Forest School level 1 (Introduction to Forest School Principles) and Ascentis Level 3 (Forest School Leader) training. Complementing these, we deliver accredited ITC outdoor first aid training and also run bespoke Inset Days. (Ascentis: formerly APTed.)

We pride ourselves on our 7+ years experience of delivering accredited Forest School training and the 465 practitioners we have provided training for.

Forest School Level 1, Level 3 & Outdoor First Aid Training

If you want an introduction to Forest Schools (Level 1), or want to become a fully- qualified Forest School Leader (Level 3) we have a course for you. We also run a specialist Outdoor First Aid course for all aspiring Forest School Leaders.

We have been running accredited Forest School training since 2010. As a charity we are deeply committed to getting more outdoor leaders trained and more people learning in & experiencing the outdoors. We are proud of the quality of the training we provide and to have fully trained 150 Forest School Leaders.

Check our Frequently Asked Questions about training for further information and find out about our training staff and session leaders here.

Book Now

Check our range of courses here and email Phoebe at: to reserve your place, ask any questions and get a full booking form.

Inset & Staff Development Days

We provide bespoke training days for schools, nurseries and others. These include Inset days to help you deliver learning in the natural environment (LINE) for your setting; Forest School ‘taster days’ for staff; and site-based Outdoor First Aid training.

If you are in Bristol, Avon & surrounding areas, please get in touch to find out more, or let us know your requirements. Email: or telephone Phoebe Fenton on: (0117) 963 3383.

Forest School Case Studies

The Forest of Avon Trust has worked with a wide range of groups using the Forest School approach and we have produced case studies of our work with early years & primary groups and adults with learning disabilities. These Forest School Case Studies are available to download here.

Learning Resources

A number of practical resources are available for use with your groups and can be downloaded and used for free.

Ongoing Support

The Forest of Avon Trust provides ongoing support for its trainees, including advice on setting up a Forest School in your nursery/school or as a freelancer.

Short of activity ideas? Download our free woodland activity resources.

Training Partners

Associate: Jon Attwood provides accredited ‘Introduction to Forest School Principles’ (Level 1) training at Kingsweston House in Bristol.

Associate Jackie Roby of Go Wild Education provides accredited ‘Forest School Leaders’ (Level 3) training at Tortworth Arboretum (just north of Bristol) or, Tintern in the beautiful Wye Valley (40 minutes from Bristol).

Rupert Goolden provides accredited ’Outdoor First Aid’ training at Kingsweston House in Bristol.