Who are we?

Fireside Forest School is an association of artists, craftsmen, therapists, youth workers and Forest School practitioners. The sessions are offered by experienced level 3 qualified Forest School Practitioners and first aiders. All Fireside sessions are fully insured.

Fireside was started in 2014 by Piers Clifford at Laycombe Ditch Woods. He started working therapeutically with children and the beauty of the sites and the deep healing found there by so many young people has enabled the Hearth of the Fireside to grow.

Piers has moved to new pastures and continues working with Nature Connection and will hope to see some of the children and families he met over the years on the new site – will keep you posted.


Amy Cox I feel very lucky to work in the woods; which means I get to see the forest change through the seasons in its cycle of growth and renewal. Over the years, I have witnessed the healing power of trees and of land based work both on a personal level and in working with groups. I have been involved with a variety of organisations doing this work, including Forest School Camps, various Forest School groups and The Cherry Wood Project.

I strongly believe in providing opportunities for young people to develop a relationship with the land; as this is a tool that can be drawn on throughout life. I live in a yurt close to nature, love to sing, forage and make baskets.

Matt Meadows:

I worked on wildlife conservation projects before moving on to to teach in primary schools in Gloucestershire for 12 years.  During this time, the call of the wild grabbed my attention once more and I decided to reconnect with my interest in nature and to focus on outdoor learning.  I am a qualified level 3, Forest School Leader.

I love the opportunities Forest School brings as each day is different and learning outdoors and with the changing seasons brings a great nature connection.

Lorraine Trowers: I have  worked with adults and young people for many years, supporting them in and out of the school environment as well as nature based practice.  Working within the woodland setting with a child led approach, I see how the natural environment supports and encourages all learners to develop and grow.

 Forest School enables young people the space and freedom to learn about themselves, each other and  helps nurture a respect for the natural environment.
As well as a qualified Forest School practitioner, I am also a Woodcraft leader and facilitate the local annual Woodcraft Camp as well as weekly sessions.  I am about to step into further studies based around Ecopsychology for health and wellbeing.  I live in Stroud with my family, a teenage son , a 10 year old daughter 3 cats and 2 guinea pigs.
I enjoy singing, walking and being in the woods.