"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 email@example.com