"Right that is it, we are off out to play in the woods….and we'd like to take some people with us."
Having spent over thirty years playing and learning by doing in the Sawpit Woods and fields on the farm where we grew up... we thought that now we are grown-ups, we'd like to carry on that playing and exploring in the very same woods with others.
Sawpit Woods CIC was co-founded by Lou and Em Munn in 2019. The organisation and its ethos came from a passion for bringing the benefits of spending time outdoors to others.
The organisation was set up as a natural progression from our experience and expertise in Forest School leadership, outdoor learning and environmental education, art and early years teaching, expeditions and charity work. We are particularly influenced by our time with Forest School Camps and by the land and environment around us, on the farm where we lived as children.
Our vision is to provide the space to experience connections with others, self and the natural environment. We aim to provide enriching, fun and creative experiences for all generations in reciprocal relationship with the land.
Our work is motivated by a deep concern for the need to build human-nature connection and a belief in the restorative powers and joy that spending time in the woods can bring.
Our Aims & Beneficiaries
Our company aims to provide connective experiences in woodland throughout the circle of the year. We work for the benefit of people of all ages and for the benefit of the natural environment around us. The experiences strive to build self-esteem, confidence, resilience and joy along with physical, mental and emotional wellbeing by being connected to nature. Through our work, we aim to build community and foster connection to self, others and nature, in a mutually beneficial relationship with the land.
We tread lightly on the land, supporting biodiversity enhancement by sustainably managing the woodland habitats in partnership with the farm management team. This provides opportunities for people to learn about, engage with and conserve the natural environment.
So bring on facilitating fun and open ended, creative learning experiences through play, exploration and nature connection. If you have skills or knowledge, collaborative intentions or enthusiasm, then please get in touch to find out more.
Who we are
CIC Co-Director and Forest School Leader
As a Co-Founder and CO-Director of Sawpit Woods CIC, Lou has been practicing and delivering Forest School sessions and creative outdoor exploring and playing for the past 10 years in various school and woodland settings. She trained and practiced as an art teacher after gaining a textile design degree. Through various twists and turns Lou ended up working with brilliant small people in the Early Years, which she continues to do alongside her work with Sawpit Woods CIC. She has QTS, EYPS, Forest School level 3 training, Paediatric and Outdoor first aid qualifications. Her passions include facilitating the freedom to explore and play, along with creativity and ‘learning by doing’ with stuff that you find around you. As such the woods is a natural workplace for her.
With 9 Years of Environmental education charity practice and a Diploma in outdoor education and Forest School Level 3 training, Em is a Co-founder and Co-Director of Sawpit Woods CIC.
Forest School Assistant
Experienced, trustworthy, fun. Natalie has years of experience working with children both in and outside schools and supports individual needs brilliantly. She has a Paediatric first aid qualification. When she's not supporting numerous children, you will find Natalie tinkering with steam fired traction engines. She completed her Forest School Level 2 training in 2019 and brings an air of calm capability to the woods. And she also makes a cracking fire.
We are lucky enough to have some fantastic volunteers, who give their time, skills, knowledge and enthusiasm freely and wonderfully to supporting and facilitating sessions and projects in Sawpit Woods. So if you are 18 or 80+, or anywhere in-between and you would like to volunteer; we would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
TESTIMONIALS AND FEEDBACK
READ OUR BLOG OR PERUSE THE GALLERY TO SEE THE KIND OF THINGS WE'VE BEEN UP TO.
Our Facebook page has feedback and details of our past sessions
Or check out our instagram
Here is a little word Cloud from a recent survey from our parents and children about their experiences in the woods with us...
FEEDBACK FROM PARENTS ABOUT OUR FOREST SCHOOL PROVISION
Here is what the parents and children say...
"After the session he was telling me about making fires, painting with berries, that he saw “fill male” pheasant 🤣 on the after school club version he was super excited the first time he walked from school. Told me about the adventure going over the park and in the gate to a secret path that was over 2 more gates and then you’re at forest school den."
"Thanks you so much for today. Both my two had a great time and have been talking about it all afternoon. They are very proud of their sticks, tie die and den building skills…and of course the sawing! They do Forest School at their school, but they said this was better! Hopefully we can join another time."
"Just want to say thank you for my sons first day at forest school today. He had a brilliant day and hasn’t stopped talking about it since I picked him up. I was skeptical at first, as he’s still so little and everyone was new to him, but he’s asked to go again so I know I made the right decision. Even the torrential rain today didn’t spoil the fun 💙🌳🍂🌧🐿🐞🐌🐛🦗🕷"
"Thank you so much for today a brilliant time was had by them all."
"Thank you so much for a good time. my son has had so much fun. We love seeing the pictures on the blog."
"He’s is already a happy confident kid, as he’s the youngest I was worried for a minute, but he’s not phased by it, he loves the big boys. He always looks forward to going and asks how many sleeps, which makes me happy that he loves it this much."
"We loved it! Same time next year?!"
"Some wonderful exploring and creativity happening today at Sawpit Woods xx"
"Boys loved it as normal great job xxx"
"Our Log Dog had a shower when we got home, and is currently warming up in the airing cupboard because he is apparently a ‘house Log Dog’ 😉"
"Look at our boys they all had so much fun thank you
In a recent survey our children gave it an average rating of...
9.3 out of 10!
"Want to do a massive thank you to Lou and Nat on this half term the boys have had a brilliant fantastic time can’t wait for the next thank you again xxx"