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About Us

Stomping Grounds Forest School is a social enterprise working throughout North East England to bring communities together and reconnect them with nature. Find out more about who we are, what we do and what we believe in…

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What is Forest School?

Learn about the key principles of Forest School and how we apply them to our work


What We Offer

Stomping Grounds deliver a range of regular sessions, community programmes and bespoke packages for organisations and private parties

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What People Say...

  • My girl started at the under 5 group after she just turned two and has been going for the last 18 months. It has been a huge part in developing her deep connection with nature and her confidence in the outdoors. Our son has been going since he was born, and has now got his forest legs. It’s a great programme, that I also loved as an adult. We would still be there if we weren’t moving away. Really miss it.

    Dave Nguyen
  • We have noticed a reduction in [our son’s] OCD-related behaviours, which were initially prominent during the sessions, and an increase in his willingness to engage in activities independently and with less specific direction, both at forest school and at home.

    Anonymous Parent
  • Volunteering with Stomping Grounds is the highlight of my week! Forest School is everything I hoped it would be – a space for children to be themselves, be wild, have some freedom and autonomy and to learn and play outside of the classroom. It’s such an important opportunity for the children and it really does feel like a privilege to be part of it and to spend my Friday mornings with this bunch of vibrant, inquisitive little explorers.

  • I’ve spoken to Sophie who shared her aspirations for these woods and it will be fantastic for children to learn about our countryside and its diversity as well as its maintenance. I am really excited about these woods and that they have been saved for future generations.??

    Brian Hudspith
  • I have just completed my first term of Forest School with my almost 4 year old and 1.5 year old. It’s been a wonderful experience, the kids have flourished in the environment and they have had the freedom and responsibility to try activities that they would never have been able to try in a different setting. Sophie is a great facilitator, nothing is too much trouble and overall the atmosphere amongst the group has been really welcoming and friendly. Will be back again soon!

    Katy Madgwick
  • Myself and my little boy Oliver (13 months) have been going to the under 5’s session every Monday and we both love it! So nice to see kids getting involved in outdoor activities and being exposed to risk taking, decision making, nature and crafts in a family friendly way! Brought my 5 year old niece to the launch day and she has absolutely loved it and is really looking forward to coming for a few summer school sessions!

    Sarah Louise Glover
  • Our son had been out of education for a prolonged period. We were unsure how he would respond to working with new individuals or to being in an environment that he has previously found challenging. From the offset, we were reassured by the professionalism of the Stomping Ground practitioners; particularly how they managed the communication with us, the local authority, and the multi-disciplinary team working with him to ensure that his EHCP and previous experiences were understood, and their willingness to seek guidance when considering required supports for managing potential challenging behaviours driven by his autism and mental health difficulties.

    Anonymous Parent
  • My toddler has been going to the under 5s sessions in Brockwell Woods for over a year now and we both love it. Sophie is wonderful and very good at getting small children engaged! MJ enjoys using tools and having the space to get clarty. She still has a small car which she made in forest school and carries everywhere proudly telling people that she made it. Its a lovely group for adults too – everyone is friendly and lends a hand. Would highly recommend

    Hannah Sorley
  • Back to nature. Joseph really enjoyed his time with the Forest School,
    just what every kid needs! Would recommend

    Katherine Fletcher
  • My two boys had the best two days with Stomping Ground Forest School during the Christmas holidays. They absolutely loved it. I dropped them off both days feeling great trepidation, especially on the first day when it rained literally all day, and both days they came home so full of everything they’d done and all the fun they’d had: crafts, making dens, campfires, roasting marshmallows, splashing in mud (or the ‘mud on your face game’ as my oldest called it)… My washing machine may never recover but am delighted they had such fun! Would recommend to anyone.

    Julia Louise
  • Fantastic bumps & babies session this afternoon. A very welcoming group to meet other parents and share a love of all things outdoors.

    A huge thank you to the forest school leaders for trialing these new sessions! I can’t wait to bring my little one along to join in once he arrives ♥️

    Sadie Diamond-Fox
  • Stomping Grounds have been providing regular forest school sessions at our school for the last 4 years. Every class who work with them love the lessons and the opportunity to get up close to nature.
    The forest school teachers are always highly professional and have excellent regard for the needs of individual children, as well as for the safety of the group.  They form great relationships with the pupils and never fail to create interesting and inspiring learning that ensures our pupils always want to come back for more!

    Tim Godfrey, Mountfield Primary School
  • My 6 year old attended the Chopwell Forest School for the first time and he absolutely loved it! He’s not stopped talking about how much fun it was! Thank you!

    Angela Dennison
  • My son really loves his Saturday forest school adventures! He has grown in physical confidence and is much more daring in what he will do and attempt. He’s also much more comfortable with things like insects, muck and the stuff of nature! It’s a great way for children to explore the natural world, make new, non-school friendships and learn to cooperate, enjoy the outdoors and push their own boundaries. Out of school activities can be tricky if your child isn’t ‘sporty’ or doesn’t want to do drama, dance etc. Forest School is the perfect solution! I like how it has a good balance between structured and unstructured play too. Would recommend to all.

    Sarah Raad

Stomping Grounds Forest School is not-for-profit.

Our Values

Our passion is to create Forest School opportunities for all children, not just for those who’s parents can afford to pay for it or understand its aims.

We believe that by reconnecting communities with the natural world, humans can gain a deeper understanding of our place within the ecosystem and how our choices and actions can impact the environment.

The Stomping Grounds Vision
Our Values


If you’re looking to start a career in outdoor education, or just want to spend more time outdoors, we’d love for you to come and join us at one of our beautiful sites throughout the North East.

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Stomping Grounds Forest School
Rewarding news from Izzy and Carolin today, who have been working in muddy wet conditions supporting well being with vulnerable young people during the toughest times we’ve faced as a generation.

Pushing wheelbarrows, lugging logs, building bridges, football amongst the trees. Building and losing a raft amidst the ‘Wild Rapids’.

Heavy lifting and push/pull activities which provide proprioceptive input in response to the needs of individual participants, supporting young people to better understand where their bodies are, how much is too much pressure, how little is too light a touch.

Children and young people who lean, bite, chew, crash, flap. These are all sensory seeking activities which could suggest they are seeking proprioceptive input. Tight clothing, bear hugs, heavy rucksacks, climbing and pushing and pulling could have the potential to meet those needs. As with everything, one size doesn’t fit all, but the beauty of forest school is that there are naturally occurring opportunities for these things to take place for all children who take part, and in fact for some of those children to benefit greatly from the input. Most participants will find out through experimentation which works for them.

#Enabling Supporting children and young people on an individual level to find out what works for them
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
We’re not a fan of traffic light behaviour management systems here at SG.

Behaviour modification as an outcome is counter productive and can cause PTSD is adulthood.

Compliance in fear of sanctions promotes ‘masking’ of authentic self and doesn’t address the reasons behind behaviours that we may find challenging.

What we DO like, however, is this traffic light system that Sophie N has put together to support young people with communication difficulties or who need a bit of additional support with emotional regulation and impulse control.

This promotes self reflection and an understanding of cause and effect, increasing a young persons ability to risk assess without the need for heavy handed adult intervention.

These cards, when used effectively and consistently in session, can very quickly support a YP to stop and reflect on their actions, no matter how briefly, and without the need for blame, judgement or lengthy discussion.

GO! 🚥
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Good morning! We've been working behind the scenes to clarify who we are what we stand for. Hope you like our Mission and Values, which embody everything that we do here at Stomping Grounds, and help us make the best decisions to support the communities that we pledge to support. Be Wild! Belong Together!
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
I spent today masked and sanitised, delivering messages of connection and support to the women we have been working with as part of Chopwell Lunch Club. What felt good and right about this? Supporting a local artist and group participant by buying pendants to distribute, supporting another local artist and SG contributor by purchasing illustrations, doorstep covid safe chats with most of the group, hearing tales of all shapes and sizes, the snow and ice crunching under foot, the views that Chopwell provides, but in the main staying connected with a community of women through the toughest of times.
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
It was very frosty this morning at Forest School, and the ice invited us to magical play and beautiful experiments - as did the lively stream with its whirls and waterfalls.
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Stomping Grounds Forest School
Bryony from NEW has put together a short video showcasing the amazing work we’ve been doing in Chopwell since lockdown in March. It’s so true that together is better. Working with NEW on this fantastic project has been an honour, as has getting to know the women in Chopwell and developing our skills together.

We have been lucky enough to get funding to continue this work into 2021, from Well Newcastle Gateshead and @community causes coop. We can’t meet this month because of restrictions but I’m excited to share some of the creative and beautiful things we’ll be delivering instead later in the week. In the meantime I recommend watching the video 🥰
Stomping Grounds Forest School
North East Wilds CIC
2020 brought the start of our Forest Lunch Club, a wellbeing group for women living in Chopwell. It was not quite as we imagined (like everything last year!) but I think we came out stronger, wilder and more connected as a result - connected to the nature on our doorsteps and to an incredible community of women who it has been an honour to get to know. Here’s a little taster of what we’ve been up to! Thanks to Well Newcastle Gateshead, #Tescobagsofhelp, #Co-oplocalcommunity for your ongoing support and funding. Stomping Grounds Forest School it’s been FANTASTIC working with you! Here’s to another year of Forest Lunch Club!

If you do live in Chopwell ans want to get involved, please send us a message 🙂