Thousands of children every year who experience a Forest Holiday are given the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor freedom that most of us took for granted when we were children. They are exploring nature and learning about the forest and its wildlife. Many guests tell us that their children carry their new-found enthusiasm for nature back home with them.
We enjoy a relaxed opportunity to encourage children to care about nature, and have a dedicated Forest Ranger who is an expert in the local wildlife, at each location. Our Forest Rangers bring the forest to life for children, who uncover animal tracks, build dens, search for mini-beasts and learn about the forest and its wildlife. For adults too, there is a powerful reconnection with the natural world.
Many of our Forest Rangers are active in the local community too, visiting schools, providing forestry workshops and forest schools. By teaching children to build bug hotels and care for animal habitats, our Forest Rangers inspire the next generation to love and look after our natural environment.
Forest Holidays also works closely with other outdoor organisations, including Forestry England, UK National Parks and the National Forest, to promote outdoor learning and discovery opportunities across the UK, for adults and children.
"Seeing a goshawks is a real glimpse of wildness. In the forest, we’ve got peregrines, sparrowhawks and buzzards but on rare occasions I spot a goshawk. It always quickens the heart. There’s something quite primal if you catch sight of one gliding with intent – there’s a reason it’s called the phantom of the woods."