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Training to become a Forest School Leader has opened up a whole new world for experienced childminder Millie Colwey, who described her experience for the Bristol Early Years Research website recently.

Whittling, fire lighting, creative makes, use of tools and sustainable woodland management were just some of the practical workshops on offer at this year's 'Embracing Outdoor Learning' conference held at the Ernest Cook Trust, near Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. 

Some ‘say it with flowers’ but a cake in the shape of a tree stump, with cute sugar ladybirds, was an amazing surprise thank you gift for FSLI trainer Tracy Hayling.

Inner cities offer the perfect opportunity for children to experience forest school, despite the obvious lack of natural woodland, according to Chris Dee, director of Forest School Learning Initiative.