Who we are
At Badgers Forest School, we aim to re-kindle some of the magical joys of childhood like climbing trees and getting muddy!
We also think that if children build a relationship with the outdoors when they're very young, and experience being outside regularly, they will be more likely to be motivated to continue enjoying the outdoors more when they're older. We think this makes children happier and healthier which is why we run Little Badgers.
Set up by Emily Wilson in January 2012 we provide inspiring woodland adventures to children & families in Bristol and the surrounding area.
We currently run Forest School sessions at Wraxall Piece on Beggar Bush Lane and Badock's Wood, Henleaze. In between we can be found on the school field of Bishop Rd Primary.
Wraxall Piece is a wonderful dedicated Forest School site owned by the Forestry England, our learning partner. Wraxall Piece is teaming with incredible wildlife and plants like the protected English bluebells, badgers, deer, great spotted woodpeckers, buzzards, many wildflowers and much more! It's more likely you'll meet the snails, slugs, worms, centipedes and millipedes whilst at Forest School. Wraxall Piece also offers more privacy from dog walkers and the general public which allows children to play more freely.
Badock's Wood is in the heart of Bristol. It is ancient woodland hidden between Henleaze, Southmead and Westbury-on Trym. It is a Local Nature Reserve and full of amazing wildlife. We have access to streams, bridges, stepping stones and meadow. There are hidden treasures all over the wood including a beautiful carving of the Green Man. In springtime is full of wild garlic and English bluebells. It is accessible for wheelchair users and can be reached by public transport.
Forest School Leader
Jenny Sanderson is a mum, performance artist, urban mischief maker and lover of the woods. She is a Level 3 Forest School Leader, member of the Forest School Association and first aid qualified.
She has toured with circus, compered many cabarets, performed nationally & internationally and generally clowned around all her life. She was a childminder for over 5 years which led her to the forest. She loves Forest School - it's like camping for a job!
Forest School Assistant
Jemma Robinson is a qualified level 3 forest school leader and member of the Forest School Association. Nurturing a joyous passion for outdoor adventure and nature based play, Jemma ran a successful schools & community project for Sustrans. She ran away with the circus to India, tutored and lived in the jungle in Costa Rica and worked as a cowgirl in the USA. She invites you to create, connect, challenge and grow in nature.