Forest School continues to grow and develop, both in the UK and internationally. Literature and research in the field tend to document this growth, while this book takes a novel approach to the Forest school conversation, taking a critical look at the various tensions and difficulties that surround Forest School practice. The editors, together with chapter authors drawn from the fields of academia and practice, form an experienced voice, encouraging the reader to reflect upon, question and explore complex areas of Forest School practice.

Challenge and Compromise at Forest School

Challenge and Compromise at Forest School

Challenge and Compromise at Forest School
Helen Davenport

Chapter Aims

In this chapter I aim to:

  • Introduce particular aspects of Forest School that might be experienced as troubling, unexpected or difficult
  • Begin to unpack what kinds of factors might contribute to compromised Forest School experiences
  • Explore a range of example practitioner experiences, using them as a springboard to reflect on existing tensions in practice


challenge, compromise, cultural underpinnings, tensions, realignment


Initial encounters with Forest School are often remembered as powerful experiences. Observing children taking part in a session, being involved in Forest School training courses, absorbing the passion that Forest School practitioners have for this approach – these all have the potential to greatly inspire and enthuse. Moments of being sat around ...

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