Chiltern Rangers

Inspiring and Enriching Communities

Chiltern Rangers

Enhancing Local Environments

Chiltern Rangers

Inspiring and Enriching Communities

Chiltern Rangers

Enhancing Local Environments

Forest Ranger School

Paul New started Forest Ranger School as a new project for Chiltern Rangers in the summer of 2015.  Since then it has gone from strength to strength with an ever increasing number of local schools benefiting from his experience as a previous Head teacher combined with his knowledge of the environment.




Are you interested in getting help to set up a Forest school attached to your child’s school?

For the younger age group we are expanding our Forest Schools section and can offer advice and help for those wishing to set one up.

I just wanted to write and pass on my greatest thanks for introducing the forest school to the children. Ben (name changed) has truly loved the course and has learnt so much from it. His knowledge of forest nature is now quite impressive and he is very keen to share with us all that he has learnt.

Please pass on my thanks to the forest rangers and express my gratitude for engaging our son in such a fantastic way.

Thank you again and long may it continue.

A parent

I wanted to express how amazing it would be for Forest School students to experience a day out with Chiltern Rangers.  The benefits we see from this sort of work are so very valuable to these students.  The confidence it develops in them, before our eyes, and the sense of achievement are really precious to this vulnerable group.

Clare To

Assistant Headteacher, The Highcrest Academy

Forest School with a difference!

25202676013_2a0621cf62_kOur team is made up of rangers who are wildlife conservationists and educationalists. We combine the Forest School approach to learning with coaching children to work as Rangers and do the work of improving their Forest Ranger School Habitat for wildlife. Children love being given real responsibility and doing proper work that makes a difference!


Forest Ranger School Set Up Package

25829294435_e1007a1307_kWe manage our own sites which we use for Forest School and we work in partnership with a large number of Wildlife Trusts and Landowners so there is no problem finding a site.  Our minibus can be used to take children to sites further away than walking distance. Part of our agreement is to help you to set up and develop the site over time including helping to set up community work party days.

Many woodlands have been poorly managed and the under-canopy can be lifeless. Trees need to be cut down in order to bring in light, new growth, plants and mini-beasts back to the habitat. We then use the wood from the trees that have been cut down to make base camp, provide natural building materials and dead wood piles for mini-beasts. Chiltern Rangers can bring a team in to do this on our own or we can work with a volunteer parent/staff team from your school. A great way to build teams and community involvement in your Forest Ranger School. Your Reception children could plant a hazel coppice and by Year 6 it would be ready for its first cut for their own bean pole business as well as providing wood for children to work and whittle with in their Forest School Sessions.

On-going tree safety work

Our qualified, insured team of Rangers can inspect trees and safely remove any problem trees – if it’s too much for us we have tree surgeons we work closely with.
Please don’t allow a keen unqualified parent with a chainsaw and insufficient PPE to offer to do this.
The NPTC/LANTRA training we undergo is very rightly rigorous due to the significant risk of injury or damage to property.

The funding Application Advice and Support

Ask our experienced staff for help in this area.

Health and Safety Handbook

At Forest Ranger School we encourage children to explore, take risks and lead their learning in their Woodland Habitat. Staff are able to confidently let their children do this because of rigorous risk assessments. We can tailor our model to your school and save busy teachers a lot of work.

Staff and Volunteer Forest Rangers School Twilight Training:

One and a half hour twilight Introduction to Forest Ranger School Whole Staff Training We will tailor this training with the Headteacher to match the values and development priorities of the school.

One Day Forest Ranger School Helpers Training

23417188166_ce24e789b7_kChiltern Rangers can provide one or two staff to run your Forest School Ranger School. The school will need to supply additional staff either teachers, teaching assistants, volunteers to ensure a safe staff to pupil ratio. The training will be a mixture of classroom based and at your Forest Ranger School site with the aim that all helpers will feel confident in supporting their pupils’ learning in a safe and child-led way.  Contact us for further details and a chat about your plans.

See Contact Page for policy documents