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Forest School Association

The History of Forest School

articles by John Cree and Mel McCree - as published in Horizons Magazine.

Download these two articles.

Part 1 and Part 2

History of FSA pt 1 cover History of Forest School pt 2

A new FSA logo

The FSA Logo Design Competition winner is Helen Bishop with her design showing the Forest School Association initials intertwined by a leaf. This design received 43% of the votes for most preferred logo, and the ranking exercise that we used shows that only 4% of voters placed this design last in order of preference (so it seems acceptable to most members). We'd like to thank everyone who submitted designs for the FSA logo.

For information and restrictions on the use of the logo read this document.

FSA logo 

On July 7th 2012 the Forest School movement reached a milestone in its history in the UK. After two years of consultation and many years talking, the new independent Forest School Association was launched. The first Directors were duly elected, there was a healthy debate about the name of the organisation which has now been decided on, and it is the Forest School Association, there was the usual networking and a variety of workshops. The day had a real celebratory feel to it along with a sense of 'pulling together'. The association will be a voice for Forest School, support practice, ensure quality training and push forward on research.

It has been welcomed by many including their patron Tim Gill who said;

"I am very honoured to be asked to be the patron of the first national association for those working to take forward the Forest School movement.................. For me, the potential of Forest School is built on two vital foundation stones: the intrinsic qualities of natural places, and the intrinsic motivations and learning impulses of children. If Forest School is to leave a lasting impression on the lives of the children and young people who experience it, these two need equal emphasis............. I look forward to following and cheering on the work of the Association, and I am happy to do whatever I can to help take the organisation forward."

For a fuller version of Tim's message CLICK HERE

FSA Principles and Criteria

FSA Business Plan

Memorandum and Articles of Association FSA Minutes of Meetings

FSA Development Officer - new post

The appointment has been filled.


FSA Objectives

The objectives of the Forest School Association as outlined in the constitution are;
(1) Provide the professional voice for Forest School in the UK to ensure quality assurance and provide central co-ordination and information;
(2) Formulate National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Forest School;
(3) Build on the current qualifications, develop new qualifications, structures and paths. The Forest School Association will be the national governing body for the Forest School qualifications across the UK;
(4) Establish the qualification on the qualification frameworks in the respective UK countries i.e. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
(5) Provide a framework and signposting service for the delivery of continuing professional development for Forest School practitioners;
(6) Share and promote best practice and principles for Forest School across the UK ,  through the FSA membership, local groups and partner networks
(7) Research and share data for further research and development;
(8) Explore funding opportunities for Forest School;
(9) Promoting the learning, health and wellbeing of  Forest School participants irrespective of age, sex, ethnicity, ability, religion or political view;
(10) Promote environmental improvement and conservation by educating, encouraging and assisting local populations in environmental practice, working in partnership with similar groups and organisations

Contact FSA

Email FSA

Address: FSA, at IOL, Warwick Mill Business Centre, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 8RR

FSA Phone: 01228 564407

Joining FSA

Membership of the FSA

In the first year we will be organising a conference for which members will get a discount.
For those who wish to become members please download the FSA application form 

Contact FSA: Email FSA


NB. We have negotiated with Birnbeck Insurance Services a good insurance package for members which will be £159 for individual practitioners, for organisations this will vary on the type of organisation. Birnbeck can be contacted by email office@birnbeck.com or tel 01934 522 252.

This webpage is an interim FSA website page being hosted by IOL until the FSA website has been designed/developed
The FSA have negotiated that IOL will provide their administrative service through the IOL offices.