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Useful Links

Below are some web sites that might be useful. Especially if you are doing some research on Forest School.
"Down the Woods" has collected these websites from courses, books and search engines to give a background into some of the research that has been done.

The opinions and evidence here are not necessary endorsed by "Down the Woods" and are intended to help those who like research and evidence to discover in theory what Forest School is about.

"Down the Woods"

believe the best way to discover Forest School is to visit a session, watch the magic and chat to the children!

Summary of Research on Forest School References

Borradaile, L. 2006 'Forest School
Scotland: An Evaluation', Edinburgh: Forestry Commission Scotlan$FILE/ForestSchoolfinalreport.pdf


Davis, B., Rea, T. and Waite, S. 2006
'The special nature of the outdoors: Its contribution to the education of
children aged 3-11′

Australian Journal of Outdoor Education 10(2): 3-12.

Massey, S. 2005 'The benefits of Forest
School experience for children in their Early Years': Worcestershire LEA.


Maynard, T. 2003 'Forest School Swansea
Port Talbot: An Evaluation', University of Wales Swansea: Unpublished


Maynard, T. 2007 'Forest Schools in Great Britain

An initial exploration', Contemporary
Issues in Early Childhood 8(4): 320-331.

Murray, R. 2004 'Forest Schools project
evaluation: A study in Wales ', London: New Economics Foundation.

'"Such Enthusiasm – A Joy to See" An Evaluation of Forest School in
​Murray, R. and O'Brien, E. 2005


England': Forest Research.$FILE/ForestSchoolEnglandReport.pdf
O'Brien, L. and Murray, R. 2007


'Forest School and its impacts on young children

Case studies in Britain', Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
6(4): 249-265.

Swarbrick, N., Eastwood, G. and Tutton, K. 2004

'Self-esteem and successful interaction as part of the forest
school project'

Support for Learning
19(3): 142-146

The two below are experimental studies of the benefits to children's physical and motor skills
form playing in a forest environment

Fjørtoft, I. 2001 'The Natural
Environment as a Playground for Children:The Impact of Outdoor Play Activities
in Pre-Primary School Children', Early
Childhood Education Journal 29(2): 111-117.

Fjørtoft, I. 2004 'Landscape as
Playscape: The Effects of Natural Environments on Children's Play and Motor
Development', Children, Youth and
Environments 14(2): 21-44.

Forest School (the Scandinavian model) is mentioned in this document as particularly promising
approach to education outside of the classroom.

House of Commons Education and Skills Committee 2004-2005 'Education outside the classroom '

London: The Stationary Office.

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