"Right that is it, we are giving it all up and running away to 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.
So bring on facilitating fun and open ended, creative learning experiences through nature connection.
And join us in learning about the woodland and the surrounding environment by treading lightly on the land.
We currently provide the space for facilitating Forest School programmes at a local primary school. We facilitate after school clubs throughout the year. We have worked with the local pre-school setting and have provided holiday stay and play sessions for children and for family groups over the last 3 years.
We are investigating projects and possibilities to build a small community centred around the woodland. We want to learn more about how to engage with and support and develop the woodland space. By noticing and nurturing it's flora and fauna, we are currently working towards creating a baseline study. If you have skills or knowledge, or enthusiasm about this, then please get in touch as we'd love to learn about how to support the space by 'treading lightly on the land'.
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We want to nurture a little, sustainable, community space in the countryside. So we have set up our own Community Interest Company; Sawpit Woods CIC.
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