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Bladed Tool

Maintenance &


For trainee or qualified Forest School Leaders

& Assistant Leaders

Confidence and safe working practice is vital when working with bladed tools in your Forest School. This day is ideal for anyone still in Forest School Leader/assistant leader training or qualified a while ago and looking to refresh skills and professional practice.  We will cover the safe working practice of using knives, axes, bow saws, bill hooks and froes. We will also cover fault finding, the safe transportation, storage, and maintenance of bladed tools. Of course, we will cover the UK Knife Law.  This is a practical hands on day, when you will take the mystery out of caring for and sharpening your bladed tools. You will spend time learning and practising how to sharpen and maintain bladed tools; going away with complete confidence in this crucial area of Forest School.  If you have a box of bladed tools which need sharpening - bring them along!


  • Wednesday 24th October 2018


  • 9.30am to 4.00pm


  • £75 per person - payment secures your place (payable with booking unless alternative payment arrangements have been made ie invoice)

Places Limited - To book a place - please email Clair to check availability and book your place:

Tea and coffee provided - please bring a packed lunch.

Lantra Awards - Technical Award in

Basic Tree Survey and Inspection

 Please email to register your interest

Our basic one day Tree Inspection Training Course aims to provide learners with the knowledge to be able to identify a hazardous tree, determine the level of risk and then decide on an appropriate course of action.

The training is designed only to help learners recognise hazardous trees as part of your duties as a Forest School Leader (or other professional such as farmer, landowner or ranger) and then report what has been seen to an appropriate person.  It is not expected that learners will have a detailed knowledge of tree biology, legislation or any other specific arboricultural specialism.

The course objectives are:

  • State the legal and safety implications of hazardous trees
  • Maintain your own health and safety while carrying out basic tree survey and inspection
  • Recognise hazardous trees
  • Determine level of risk
  • Decide on an appropriate course of action
  • Collect and maintain adequate information
  • Recognise your own limitations


  • 9.00am to 5.00pm


  • £145 per person - payment secures your place (payable with booking unless alternative payment arrangements have been made ie invoice)


KCC Camp Fire

Management Award

9.30am to 5pm

This course is for any staff who wish to gain an insight into the art of making fires, manage campfires with students/young people.

Staff who attend and complete this training course are accredited with the Camp Fire Management Award, a Kent County Council recognised Award. Staff who wish to lead campfire activities need to hold this award or similar when seeking Local Authority approval.

Course content:

The aim of the course is to provide you with the basic skills required for leading and supervising group camp fires.

Bookings through KCC CPD Online:  

 Friday 2nd November 2018

 Tuesday 2nd April 2019

 Monday 3rd June 2019

Setting up your

Forest School Site

We often get asked for specific extra help for people wanting to set up their own Forest School site. Throughout your training, you will have been given a wealth of information and suggestions.  Some Forest Schools will operate on a `leave no trace` basis going into woodland and leaving nothing but footprints and taking nothing but photographs. Others (subject to permissions) may want to set up a regularly used ` base camp` area - sometimes, this approach can be a little overwhelming of where to start in practical terms.

We have been there and done that ourselves and have first hand experience of setting up a Forest School camp from scratch.  We can help you with practical tasks; from building a fire pit and other structures, to giving you practical suggestions on how to source materials for table/bench making, erecting parachutes and building clay ovens.  We operate in as sustainable way as possible using recycled materials and sustainable natural resources.

If you feel this is something you would like help with - please contact us and we can agree a convenient time for a site visit and discuss your requirements and budget.

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