Upcoming Events

  • Early Summer Forest School Stay and Play
    19 Apr, 09:15 UTC – 24 May, 11:00 UTC
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield TN7 4AR, UK
    Come and bring your small person or people with you, for a potter in the woods every Tuesday morning to explore, play and connect with each other and the woodland, whilst we see Summer emerge around us. We will meet for 5 weeks from Tuesday 19th, 26th April, 3rd, 10th, 23rd April. NOT 17th May.
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  • Friends of Sawpit Woods
    Sat, 25 Jun
    Sawpit Wood
    25 Jun, 10:00 – 14:00 BST
    Sawpit Wood, Sawpit Wood, Hartfield TN7 4AR, UK
    We have planted about 200 trees and hedgerow plants since 2020 for our new woodland. Come and bring your own spade and enthusiasm to join us to mulch and care for and tend them and the woodland and celebrate mid summer with us.
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  • Family Day in the woods
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, 12 Aug
    Sawpit Wood
    12 Aug, 10:00 – 14:00 BST
    Sawpit Wood, Sawpit Wood, Hartfield TN7 4AR, UK
    Bring your children of all ages and come and hang out in the woods together this summer. Parents, babies, toddlers, children and friends, all are welcome, the more the merrier. Come and share the space, the woodland and have some gentle, creative time exploring together this summer.
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  • Summer Play 2022
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, 15 Aug
    Sawpit Woods
    15 Aug, 09:30 – 14:30
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    Let's get back to the woods! This summer we are running sessions in our woodland. Send the small people to come and have fun, be free, explore, work together, create, be independent, build resilience and get on with the important business of being a child and learning through the freedom of play.
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  • Summer Play 2022
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 16 Aug
    Sawpit Woods
    16 Aug, 09:30 – 14:30
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    Let's get back to the woods! This summer we are running sessions in our woodland. Send the small people to come and have fun, be free, explore, work together, create, be independent, build resilience and get on with the important business of being a child and learning through the freedom of play.
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  • Summer Play 2022
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, 17 Aug
    Sawpit Woods
    17 Aug, 09:30 – 14:30
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    Let's get back to the woods! This summer we are running sessions in our woodland. Send the small people to come and have fun, be free, explore, work together, create, be independent, build resilience and get on with the important business of being a child and learning through the freedom of play.
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  • Family Day in the woods
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, 19 Aug
    Sawpit Wood
    19 Aug, 10:00 – 14:00 BST
    Sawpit Wood, Sawpit Wood, Hartfield TN7 4AR, UK
    Bring your children of all ages and come and hang out in the woods together this summer. Parents, babies, toddlers, children and friends, all are welcome, the more the merrier. Come and share the space, the woodland and have some gentle, creative time exploring together this summer.
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  • Summer Play 2022
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, 22 Aug
    Sawpit Woods
    22 Aug, 09:30 – 14:30
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    Let's get back to the woods! This summer we are running sessions in our woodland. Send the small people to come and have fun, be free, explore, work together, create, be independent, build resilience and get on with the important business of being a child and learning through the freedom of play.
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  • Summer Play 2022
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 23 Aug
    Sawpit Woods
    23 Aug, 09:30 – 14:30
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    Let's get back to the woods! This summer we are running sessions in our woodland. Send the small people to come and have fun, be free, explore, work together, create, be independent, build resilience and get on with the important business of being a child and learning through the freedom of play.
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  • Summer Play 2022
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, 24 Aug
    Sawpit Woods
    24 Aug, 09:30 – 14:30
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    Let's get back to the woods! This summer we are running sessions in our woodland. Send the small people to come and have fun, be free, explore, work together, create, be independent, build resilience and get on with the important business of being a child and learning through the freedom of play.
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  • Autumn in the Woods 2022
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, 24 Oct
    Sawpit Woods
    24 Oct, 09:30 – 14:30
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    Let's get back to the woods this Autumn! Send the small people (from reception-Year 6) to come and have fun, be free, explore, work together, create, be independent, build resilience and get on with the important business of being a child and learning through the freedom of play.
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  • Autumn in the Woods 2022
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 25 Oct
    Sawpit Woods
    25 Oct, 09:30 – 14:30
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    Let's get back to the woods this Autumn! Send the small people (from reception-Year 6) to come and have fun, be free, explore, work together, create, be independent, build resilience and get on with the important business of being a child and learning through the freedom of play.
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  • Autumn in the Woods 2022
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, 26 Oct
    Sawpit Woods
    26 Oct, 09:30 – 14:30
    Sawpit Woods, Hodore Farm, Hartfield, TN7 4AR, UK
    Let's get back to the woods this Autumn! Send the small people (from reception-Year 6) to come and have fun, be free, explore, work together, create, be independent, build resilience and get on with the important business of being a child and learning through the freedom of play.
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HOLIDAY CLUBS

Playing in the woods during the school holidays

We run holiday sessions in the woods throughout the school holidays for children from Reception age- Yr 6. 


The sessions are from 9.30-2.30pm.

Cost of £35 per child or £30 per sibling.

The dates are below for your diaries, booking coming soon!

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We will play and explore and create and make and explore and learn and laugh and swing and dig and hunt for bugs and climb and make fire and use tools and cook and much much more! All you need is appropriate clothing for the weather, a packed lunch and drink in a bag and lots of enthusiasm!

 

FOREST SCHOOL: WHY DO WE DO IT?

We love being outside

Everybody does. It is a natural place to play and learn, which we all as humans have the innate drive to do. Having worked as Forest School leaders for over 10 years and camped with communities on the land since our childhood, we have been inspired by a long history of wonderful people and educators over the years. We hope to bring an amalgamation of their ideals and modern magic to play and learn in an engaged, joyful and fantastic way in the woods.

Forest School is an inspirational process, (not a place)  that offers ALL learners young and old, regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands- on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. The growing body of research points to numerous benefits to learner, educator, child and parent alike.

Since 2017 Sawpit Woods have run Forest School sessions for primary aged children, run after school clubs locally, worked with a local pre-school and held family community and work days in the woods. We run holiday sessions for children and families. We are run a weekly parent and small persons stay and play group and maybe would like to create an evening group for adults...

Please have a read about what sorts of things we have been up to in the past on our Blog.

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CREATING AND MAKING

Have you ever wanted to create, make with your hands and your imagination with nature's inspiration? Then come and give it a go. The woods will provide the materials, your ideas are the only limiting factor.

We want to help to conserve and develop the woods, so come and help us to learn how we can tread lightly on the land and continue the guardianship of it for the future.

ACTIVITY AND ADVENTURE

The physical space outside is great and wonderful. The changing seasons and nature connection are not only brilliantly beneficial for you they are just downright beauteous. Come and climb and jump, swing and slip in the mud.

Use play to keep your mind and body active through connection to the space and the people.

LEARNING AND FUN

Qualified practitioners carefully facilitate programmes which are uniquely tailored to the needs of the individuals within the group.


We have the fundamental aim of building participants’ self-esteem, confidence, independence, creativity and enjoyment of doing and being.

And let's be honest- we want it to be fun (because it's always good to giggle).

 
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"First an activity needs to be entered into voluntarily; second it needs to be intrinsically motivating- that is you engage in an activity because it gives you a sense of pleasure, or enjoyment; and finally, the outcome is not known in advance."

- Priest, 1999.