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Woods for Learning is an award-winning community interest company, delivering a unique high-quality, blended Forest School, Outdoor Learning and Bushcraft programme across Sussex, Surrey and the South East.

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Forest Schools (est. 1950) seek to encourage, motivate, engage and inspire children through communication, group working and positive outdoor experiences.

At Woods for Learning we believe in offering the opportunity to everyone to

re-discover the natural environment. Our hands-on activities include safe fire skills, building shelters, creating mud art, cooking over the fire, exploring woodland, storytelling, sawing, whittling, and much, much more!


Woods for Learning was established in 2014. From his own love of the natural environment, Gary Marlow wanted to create an opportunity for children and adults to explore and understand the living world around them. As a qualified teacher, Gary knew that for many young people, being in and around nature contributed hugely to both their physical and mental well-being. Woods for Learning was designed to allow complete inclusivity and as such, all of our programmes are carefully planned to cater for all abilities. Since its conception, we have delivered over 240 events, 180 bushcraft activities, adult mindfulness evenings and slept out under the stars on multiple occasions. Woods for Learning works closely with Primary, Infant, Junior & Secondary Schools to deliver a holistic, experiential learning approach, creating an ideal environment for resilience, teamwork and friendships. However, the most important part of what we do is making sure everyone involved has fun! 

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  • Understanding Nature

  • Positive Learning Experiences

  • Developing Friendships

  • Having Fun

  • Building Confidence

  • Exploring The Outdoors

  • Experiential Learning

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Our team is made up of some truly remarkable people who have dedicated their careers to teaching and helping others. All the Woods for Learning instructors are all fully trained and experienced in working with children, young people and adults, especially those with physical, sensory and special learning requirements.

Associations, Awards, Partners & Supporters

Marlow Sports Partner Programme
Horsham Rugby Club Partner
Learn with Confidence
Borde Hill Gardens Partner
Outdoor Learning Accreditation
Forest Schools Supporter
Big School Camp Partner
Bangers Galore Sponsor
BMC British Mountaineering Council Accreditation
Wakehurst Place Partner
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