Our Forest Schools

We work in Warrington,  Manchester, Merseyside and the surrounding area. Our forest schools are at sites that we operate in under licence agreement with third parties such as the Woodland Trust or within schools and nurseries.

If you'd like to get outdoors and into a forest fun party to celebrate you little one's big day then click here!  

If you are a school or nursery and are thinking of developing a forest school then why not have a look at our case studies and contact us. We can help. If you own a wood and would like us to run a forest school then please get in touch. Come on one of our events either with other parents and children or we can arrange your own session.

Birchwood Forest School

 Den building on Pestfurlong Moss after conservation work!

Den building on Pestfurlong Moss after conservation work!

We can arrange use of a number of woods in the East Warrington area to help nurseries and schools access woods by walking rather than arranging costly travel. However our main regular use site is Gorse Covert Mounds located just off Junction 11 on the M62 - great if you live in Birchwood, Locking Stumps, Oakwood,  Padgate or close to the motorway. Currently we use this fantastic site about once every week with the gracious permission of the Woodland Trust and in cooperation with the Friends of Gorse Covert Mounds. Contact us to book onto an event, follow us on facebook, get directions (parking on Gorse Covert Road, WA3 6UG) and come see us!

Great for . . .

Local families with toddlers          Schools    Nurseries      Pond dipping      Getting Muddy      Playing Games                Hill rolling      

Taking care of wildlife        Admiring the view of Manchester and the Pennines on Pestfurlong Hill         Dragonflies              Birds

Conservation           Ecology          Sampling camp food        Visiting Risley Moss nearby         Stopping off for lunch at the Poachers pub

Salford Forest School

Operating in the Irlam area. New Moss Wood is a Millennium Wood managed by the Woodland Trust. This is a fairly young wood just north of Cadishead on the A57/Liverpool Road. The wood is huge with a network of paths that look very similar so its quite fun getting lost! We support local schools and nurseries to access the outdoors by using the woods for forest school activities as well as running parent toddler sessions.  

Contact us to book onto an event, follow us on facebook, get directions (parking on Moss Road, M44 5JT) and come see us!

Great for . . .

Local families with toddlers          Schools    Nurseries           Getting Muddy      Playing Games            Getting lost

Taking care of wildlife        Peace and quiet       Dragonflies              Birds           Making artwork           Building shelters

Conservation           Ecology          Sampling camp food        Walking the mosses footpaths         Getting the shopping in at Cadishead

 Come and take a splash in the Dingle stream!

Come and take a splash in the Dingle stream!

Appleton forest school caters for those living in South Warrington such as Appleton, Latchford, Walton and Stockton Heath.

Our main site is Lumb Brook Valley aka The Dingle. This Woodland Trust wood follows an enchanting stream that has forged through Cheshire sandstone to form a mini valley with sheer sides. There are lots of mature trees including tall beech stretching into the sky. This is the oldest wood we operate in to date and one we feel extremely privileged to have permission to use.

Contact us to book onto an event, follow us on facebook, get directions (lay-by parking on Dingle Lane, WA4 5NB) and come see us! 

 

Great for . . .

Local families with toddlers          Schools    Nurseries           Getting Muddy      Playing Games            Crossing streams (wear wellies!)

Taking care of wildlife        Babbling Brooks & mini waterfalls      Dragonflies              Birds           Making artwork       Building shelters

Conservation           Ecology          Sampling camp food        Hugging trees      Climbing slopes         Flower fairies

Frodsham Forest School

Frodsham forest school caters for those living South of Warrington and is situated just off the M56 at a wood called Snidley Moor on the side of Frodsham Hill. This Woodland Trust wood is situated on the Sandstone Trail and boasts some magnificent views overlooking the estuary. Expect to get hit as this wood has lots of paths to explore and has some serious inclines including a neolithic hill fort. Great if your school is doing a stone age topic.

Contact us to book onto an event, follow us on facebook, get directions (lay-by parking on just off Manley Road at Shepherd's Cottages, WA6 6HW) and come see us! 

Great for . . .

Exploring       Schools    Nurseries           Getting Muddy      Habitats           Stone Age topics

Taking care of wildlife                              Making artwork       Building shelters Amazing views of the Mersey Estuary

Conservation           Ecology          Sampling camp food           Climbing slopes       Bear Hunts

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rainhill Forest School

Rainhill forest school caters for those living in Merseyside - Rainhill, St Helens and is situated close to the M62, M57 and East Lancs at a wood called St Benedicts just north of Rainhill. This Woodland Trust wood is situated on the remains of Rainhill hospital and has its own meadow which used to be a cricket pitch. The meadow lets us do a wider range of activities such parachute games (with a real parachute) and create artwork outside the wood. There are a diverse range of mature trees which is great for identifying and in Autumn collecting conkers and nuts.

Contact us to book onto an event, follow us on facebook, get directions (parking is on site by arrangement) and come see us! 

Great for . . .

Exploring       Schools    Nurseries           Meadow games      Habitats            Conkers and nuts Tree identification

Taking care of wildlife                              Making artwork       Building shelters Toddlers

Conservation           Ecology          Sampling camp food               Customers with less mobility Larger groups

Directions

Birchwood Forest School

Gorse Covert Mounds, Birchwood, warrington

We usually meet at Gorse Covert  car park on Gorse Covert Road opposite Falstone Close.

Public Transport. The 25 runs from Warrington via the Train Station at Birchwood. See http://www.networkwarrington.co.uk/assets/library/original/pdf/3/timetable-25-25a-25b-26-27-january-2015-web.45172bd6e38fc45599b59f2e9a3925d0.1421084025.pdf

From the M6 Woolston Junction (j21)  head towards Birchwood on the B5210. At the large College place roundabout headfollow the signs for Birchwood. Take the 3rd major exit onto the expressway and drive over the M6. At the Dog Bone roundabout get into the right hand lane heading for the Birchwood Shopping Centre. At the BP Garage take the 1st exit up Ordnance Ave. At the 3rd roundabout (Risley Moss) take the 1st exit.

At the next (forest park) roundabout take the 4th exit towards Gorse Covert Local Services. At the T junction turn left onto Gorse Covert Road – follow the road round and the small Gorse Covert Mounds car park is on the left after a bus stop. If parking on the road please park considerately – cheers!

From J11 M62 – Normally the easiest way to GC Mounds. From J11 head into Birchwood/Warrington on the expressway. At the next traffic lights  MOSS GATE turn left. This takes you to the forest park roundabout - take the 2nd exit towards Gorse Covert Local Services. At the T junction turn left onto Gorse Covert Road – follow the road round and the small Gorse Covert Mounds car park is on the left after a bus stop. If parking on the road please park considerately – cheers!

For Sat Nav the nearest postcode is WA3 6UG .

Salford Forest School



New Moss Wood, New Moss Road, Cadishead.

Directions to New Moss Wood

We usually meet at New Moss Wood car park on Moss Road opposite Stavely Farm.

The easiest way to New Moss Wood is via Cadishead as the mosses route is a private road with lots of potholes and sometimes a locked gate. Don't try going on the private road from Glazebrook Lane as its a long way on a very poorly surfaced road.

Walking in from Cadishead if you’re local – Walk down Moss road and enter the wood by the gate on the left marked New Moss Wood. Cross the meadow and bear left past the bench and you’re at base camp.

From the M6 Woolston Junction (j21)  head towards Irlam, East on Manchester Road A57. Continue at the WARBURTON TOLL BRIDGEtraffic lights and the GLAZEBROOK LANE B5212 traffic lights. At the Cadishead roundabout take the 1st exit onto Liverpool Road. Continue to Cadishead. Turn left onto NEW MOSS ROAD at the library, just after you’ve gone under a railway viaduct. Continue up New Moss Road – you’ll start to think you’ve gone wrong as you’re on a housing estate but keep going. You’ll come to a humpback bridge – drive over (New Moss Road becomes Moss Road at this point).  Go slow as this is a potholed unsealed road. New Moss Wood car park is a couple of hundred metres on the left. Note there is a height restriction barrier.

From Lymm/Altringham – go over the Warburton toll bridge and turn right. Continue through the GLAZEBROOK LANE B5212 traffic lights. At the Cadishead roundabout take the 1st exit onto Liverpool Road. Continue to Cadishead. Turn left onto NEW MOSS ROAD at the library, just after you’ve gone under a railway viaduct. Continue up New Moss Road – you’ll start to think you’ve gone wrong as you’re on a housing estate but keep going. You’ll come to a humpback bridge – drive over (New Moss Road becomes Moss Road at this point).  Go slow as this is a potholed unsealed road. New Moss Wood car park is a couple of hundred metres on the left. Note there is a height restriction barrier.

From Culcheth – Head North out of Culcheth. At the roundabout opposite the high school take the second exit onto GLAZEBROOK LANE B5212. Continue to the end and at the traffic lights turn left. At the Cadishead roundabout take the 1st exit onto Liverpool Road. Continue to Cadishead. Turn left onto NEW MOSS ROAD at the library, just after you’ve gone under a railway viaduct. Continue up New Moss Road – you’ll start to think you’ve gone wrong as you’re on a housing estate but keep going. You’ll come to a humpback bridge – drive over (New Moss Road becomes Moss Road at this point).  Go slow as this is a potholed unsealed road. New Moss Wood car park is a couple of hundred metres on the left. Note there is a height restriction barrier.

From J11 M60 – Head towards Cadishead /Irlam on the A57 Liverpool Road. Continue on the A57 which becomes the Cadishead Way. Continue over the small roundabout. You’ll go under the railway. At the next roundabout (Omega Engineering Ltd)take the 3rd exit onto B5471 Brinell Drive. At the T junction turn left onto Liverpool Road. Then go past the library and turn right up NEW MOSS ROAD before the railway bridge with the large billboard. Continue up New Moss Road – you’ll start to think you’ve gone wrong as you’re on a housing estate but keep going. You’ll come to a humpback bridge – drive over (New Moss Road becomes Moss Road at this point).  Go slow as this is a potholed unsealed road. New Moss Wood car park is a couple of hundred metres on the left. Note there is a height restriction barrier.

For Sat Nav the nearest postcode is M44 5JT but don’t go via the private road from Glazebrook come via Cadishead.


Appleton Forest School

Lumb Brook Valley nr Dingle Farm, Dingle Lane, Appleton, Warrington

Directions to Lumb Brook Valley. For Sat Nav the nearest postcode is WA4 5NB Cann lane/Dingle Lane.

We meet at Dingle Lane near the bridge just down the road from Dingle Farm.

The easiest way to Lumb Brook Valley is via Lumb Brook Road as the nearby residential area is a bit of a maze.

From the Lymm junction J20 of the M6 /  J9 M56 head towards Warrington/Grappenhall on Cliff Lane. At the small roundabout take the 1st exit onto Grappenhall Lane B5356. Then at the next roundabout take the 1st exit heading towards Appleton Thorn. Take the first right and continue to Appleton Thorn.

At the Thorn Pub and church turn right onto Lumb Brook Road. Continue until you reach a hard right bend at the junction of Dingle Lane. Go ontoDingle Lane at this bend (left but pretty much straight on), pass the farm (good cafe) and you’ll enter the wood. Go over the bridge where you’ll see the Fairy Forest School sign where we tend to start from.  Keep driving and park on the left. There’s lots of parking if you carry on up the road towards Cann Lane. For large groups we tend to congregate in the grassy area just near the bridge.

 

From J10 of M56 – Head towards Warrington on the A49. At the1st set of traffic lights at the Cat and Lion turn right heading for Appleton Thorn on the B5356 Stretton Road. Keep going past Applejacks heading for Appleton Thorn.

At the Thorn Pub and church turn left onto Lumb Brook Road. Continue until you reach a hard right bend at the junction of Dingle Lane. Go ontoDingle Lane at this bend (left but pretty much straight on), pass the farm (good cafe) and you’ll enter the wood. Go over the bridge where you’ll see the Fairy Forest School sign where we tend to start from.  Keep driving and park on the left. There’s lots of parking if you carry on up the road towards Cann Lane/Lyon’s Lane . For large groups we tend to congregate in the grassy area just near the bridge.




Frodsham Forest School

Frodsham Forest School, Snidley Moor, Shepherds Houses Track off Manley Lane, Frodsham

By car we are just off Manley Road near Frodsham at ShepherdsHouse Cottages down the farmers track at WA6 6HW

From M56 J12 – Follow signs for FRODSHAM turning right onto the Sutton Causeway (A56). At the traffic lights in Frodsham Village centre turn left heading for Overton – you’ll pass Frodsham railway station on your left. Keep going up the hill. Then turn right onto Manley Road heading for Manley. At the top of the Hill the road straightens out. Manley road is quite fast so signal in plenty of time. Continue onto Shepherds Cottages and turn right onto a farmers track. This is a private road with public access so please be courteous to farm traffic, cows going for milking and the local residents.  Carry onto the end and you’ll see the a layby to park in.  If nobody is about its a good idea to turn round now before parking up.

From A54 - When near Kelsall follow sign posts to Ashton. Then on Church Road (which becomes Station Road) follow signs to Mouldsworth Train Station Keep going following signs for Manley Turn right onto Manley Road heading for FRODSHAM. Go up the hill.  Manley road becomes very straight. Carry on to Shepherds Cottages and turn left into the farmers track.  This is a private road with public access so please be courteous to farm traffic, cows going for milking and the local residents.  Carry onto the end and you’ll see the a layby to park in.  If nobody is about its a good idea to turn round now before parking up.

From M56  J14 – Follow signs to Helsby. Continue straight on at the traffic lights then turn right onto Primrose Lane (otherwise you’ll head into Helsby).  Drive up Primrose Lane then turn right at the T junction into Alvanley. Turn right again onto Manley Road.  Drive out of Alvanley and take the 2nd left onto Manley Road heading for FRODSHAM. Go up the hill.  Manley road becomes very straight. Carry on to Shepherds Cottages and turn left into the farmers track . This is a private road with public access so please be courteous to farm traffic, cows going for milking and the local residents.  Carry onto the end and you’ll see the a layby to park in.  If nobody is about its a good idea to turn round now before parking up.


Rainhill Forest School

St Benedict’s Wood, Just off Wedgewood Gardens, Rainhill, St Helens, Merseyside. WA9 5GB

We usually meet at the onsite car park

St Benedict’s Wood is located just off Rain Hill Road about half way between Thatto Heath Railway Station and Rainhill Railway Station. It used to be Rainhill Hospital and cricket pitch  and is next to a Golf Course which is earmarked for housing development. The nearest postcode is WA9 5GB.

Local - Walking in from RainHill – From the Black Horse Inn at the junction of Rainhill Road and Elton Head Road walk north along the Rainhill Road past the golf course entrance onto Wedgewood Gardens. Turn immediately right onto the old RainHill Road and meet us on the car park. If you prefer to stay off the road there is a footpath just to the right of the Black Horse Inn which runs adjacent to the road. After crossing  the golf course road this brings you to Wedgewood Gardens and the car park where me meet is immediately opposite

From M62 Junction 7   Follow signs for Prescott and head along Warrington Road into RainHill. After going over the railway bridge at Rainhill Station turn right at the traffic lights onto Rainhill Road. Continue along this road passing the Black Horse Inn on your left at the traffic lights. Pass the now closed golf course on your left and take the next left onto Wedgewood Gardens at a bend in the road. Take the immediate right onto the old Rainhill Road where the entrance to the car park is.

From M57 Junction 2 – Follow the A58 heading for St Helens. Pass Carmel College on your left. Turn right onto Lugsmore Lane (B5413) at the traffic lights heading for Thatto Heath Station. Continue on the B5413 (now Thatto Heath Road, then Nutgrove Road). Pass the Brown Edge Pub on your left heading for Rain Hill. Continue over the small roundabout. Then take the next right to Wedgewood Gardens at a bend in the road. Take the immediate right onto the old Rainhill Road where the entrance to the car park is.

From the East Lancs A580 – From Windle Island head South on Rainford Road. Follow the A570 through St Helens. After ASDA  superstore take the 4th exit  at the major roundabout onto the A58 Prescott Road (signposted Liverpool M57). Turn left  onto Lugsmore Lane (B5413) at the traffic lights heading for Thatto Heath Station/ Rainhill. Continue on the B5413 (now Thatto Heath Road, then Nutgrove Road). Pass the Brown Edge Pub on your left heading for Rain Hill. Continue over the small roundabout. Then take the next right to Wedgewood Gardens at a bend in the road. Take the immediate right onto the old Rainhill Road where the entrance to the car park is.

PARKING at St Benedicts Wood

Drive through the green gated entrance and park onto car park. Please don’t block anyone in. We close this gate to prevent other wood users parking there as this car park is only used for our events or Woodland Trust contractors. If you’re early or late please close the gate behind you to prevent other wood users trying to park there. If the car park is empty when you get there we recommend reverse parking so its easier to leave when the event finishes. We start events from the car park.

 

IF YOU’RE LATE – Open the green gate to access the car park – please close it behind you. Park up and walk across the meadow where our base camp is.





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