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The concept of Forest School really took off in 1950s Scandanavia, where it was noticed that children attending Forest kindergartens went on to start school with stronger social skills, the ability to work in groups effectively, higher self-esteem, and greater confidence in their own capabilities.

Long Hanborough Playgroup is able to walk across fields to Pinsley Woods once a week. With the kind permission of the Blenheim Palace estate, our children are able to explore, interact with each other and with nature. Sometimes we come across the Gruffalo, or dinosaurs on the way to the woods; children’s imagination knows no bounds!


In June 2017 we said goodbye to our forest school qualified practitioner.  In order to use the ‘Forest School’ title a member of staff must have completed the Forest School training course.  The course is completed over 9 months at the cost of £1000.  With future fundraising we hope to be able enrol a staff member on this course.  In the meantime we are going to be doing the same sessions but under the new name of Forest Rangers. 

Photos of Long Hanborough Forest Rangers