Learn about life in an environment that encourages creative activity. 

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Stocks Wood Outdoor Centre provides fun, inspiring and fulfilling learning opportunities for people of all ages in a stimulating outdoor environment. Based on the Forest School philosophy, it takes its clients on a journey of self-discovery as much as the one exploring the magnificent woodland environment where it is located, learning and developing practical, personal and interpersonal skills along the way. As well as offering prescribed programmes of activity, learning is tailored to the needs of the clients by experienced practitioners who take every opportunity to make the sessions memorable.

Stocks Wood Outdoor Centre is owned and managed by Julian and Claire Earle. Both are qualified Level Three Forest School Leaders with qualifications in outdoor first-aid. They each have over twenty years of experience in education with DBS clearance: Julian's background is in primary education with roles including Assistant Head Teacher, Acting Deputy Head Teacher and Forest School Leader. He is currently the Chair of Governors at a local primary school. He is also a qualified Mountain Leader and a competent musician. Claire's background is in both primary and secondary education with roles including Teaching Assistant, Special Needs Manager and Forest School Leader. Claire also has the Level 2 Award in food safety in catering. They both have a passion for sharing their love of the outdoors and have worked with children and adults from varied backgrounds and different abilities, including those with special needs. 

Julian and Claire may also have their children - Emily and Jacob - providing additional support. Emily and Jacob both have DBS clearance and are very familiar with the Forest School ethos. Jacob is currently at college and Emily, having completed an Animal Management course at college, is taking time out to support Claire and Julian as well volunteering at a community coffee shop. Emily also has the Level 2 Award in food safety in catering.

“Enhanced personal and social communication skills; increased physical health; enhanced mental and spiritual health; enhanced spiritual, sensory, and aesthetic awareness and the ability to assert personal control and increased sensitivity to one’s own well-being.”
— Nina Morris 'Health, Well-being and Open Space' (2003)