About Us

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Forestpathways CIC run forest school sessions for children of all ages and abilities. These give the opportunity for creative learning through play, an in-depth experience of the natural world and a lot of muddy fun out in nature!

The children are encouraged to work together to overcome challenges and explore boundaries, through a range of activities and games that aim to boost self-esteem, increase confidence and promote social skills. All in a safe and supported environment - within our beautiful woodland site, at Pelere Woods which is part of the Carclew Estate in South Cornwall.

With experience in education, we aim to assist children who are challenged by the classroom environment, and nurture holistic development through learning in a natural setting.

About The Team

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Francis Baring, Director & forest school leader

I decided to set up Forestpathways in 2019 to give children in local schools the opportunity to experience the magic of forest school. I am passionate about the outdoors and wild places and it’s so rewarding to see the groups of children fully immersed in the forest school experience. Whether it’s seeing a campfire for the first time, a chance encounter with a beetle or, simply, the pitter-patter of rain falling on leaves - all these experiences have the ability to light up a child’s eyes, and spark a powerful and long-lasting connection to nature.

After years working as a primary school teacher, I trained in 2016 as Forest School Leader. Since then I have been working, across Cornwall, as a forest school leader, both in schools and for Forestpathways.