Home Education Days

Home educated children of 5 to 16 are welcome at Fireside Forest School

Home educated children of 5 to 16 are welcome at Fireside Forest School

Piers Clifford offers Forest School sessions to Home Educated children in the Ancient Wild Woods at Westley Farm, Chalford.

Fireside Forest School activities available include:

  • free play, rope swings, whittling,
  • knife skills and knife lore,
  • design and making a wide range of traditional woodland craft products, tree art,
  • fire skills, fire lore and fireside cooking, charcoal making,
  • shelter making, ecology, wildlife and woodland maintenance,
  • tanning and leatherwork
  • inventing, team working,
  • tracking, hunting skills and hunting lore,
  • social skills and communication

Who is it for?

Home educated children of 5 to 16 are welcome.

When and Where?

  • Every Wednesday during the school term we are in the Ancient Wild Woods At Westley Farm, Chalford, Stroud, GL6 8HP.These days are split into 2 sessions:
    • 9.30 – 12.30 and then
    • 12.30 – 3.30

    children can come to one or both of these sessions.

Cost – we offer a 20% sibling discount.

  • Wednesday at Westley Farm -£10 per child per session, and then £8 for each sibling joining the same session.

” Pounding the raw falafel mixture with ‘Bunter’, the African Mill.”


Children need to come dressed appropriately for the weather with a packed lunch if they are staying for the whole day.

Piers is a level 3 trained Forest School Leader and a BACP accredited counsellor and first-aider, with 15 years experience working with young people in a woodland setting. He is also a father of 3 and is fully insured with Birnbeck Insurance.

Booking is essential for these sessions, contact firesideforestschool@gmail.com or use our contact form.


“Making Falafels and Flat breads by the fireside.”