Who are we?

Piers Clifford is a Trained Forest School Leader and BACP Accredited Counsellor and First Aider.

Piers Clifford is a Trained Forest School Leader and BACP Accredited Counsellor and First Aider.

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. We 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 is a qualified Forest School Practitioner and father and  worked for many years as a Primary School teacher before choosing to dedicate himself to Forest School.

Lorraine Trowers is a qualified Forest School Practioner and has worked for many years in schools and on extra-curricular sessions in nature. She is a mother and skilled craftsperson as well as singing like a skylark.