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Bright Start Community Forest School - Transforming lives through nature

We offer out-door hands-on learner-centred services  for children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years from all backgrounds and abilities.

Specialising in bespoke one-to-one and small group sessions, facilitated by qualified and experienced practitioners where we follow a forest school ethos, celebrating the process rather than the results. We are based on 3 acres of native woodland, allotments and fruit orchards in Margate where participants can engage in a variety of horticultural practices, nature based arts and crafts, bushcrafts and basic woodwork. 

We promote the therapeutic qualities of spending regular time in nature and the benefits this gives to our physical and mental well-being, individuals are given the freedom to relax, connect with nature and learn about the environment, explore, play and be themselves. 


Who to contact

Contact Name
Michael Sturman
Contact Position
Project Manager
01843 228014

Where to go

Bright start Community Forest school
Dane Valley allotments
St Peters footpath

The forest school entrance is at Dane Valley allotments and Woodlands, there is no postcode for this site. If arriving by car please park in St.Peters footpath past drapers mill primary Academy school. This is a no through road, at the end of the road you will see tall green Metal fencing around the allotment, please ring the mobile number provided and someone will come and meet you. 

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
School terms- Monday - Fridays 9am - 4pm early evening appointments by request
Time of day
Session Information
Home educated sessions Mondays and Fridays, for children aged 5 to 11 years old
Children and young people one-to-one and group sessions Tuesday to Thursday aged 5 - 25 years
Holiday club sessions Mondays to Fridays 9.30am - 2.30pm for children aged 5 to 11 years

Other Details

Cost details
One-to-one and small group sessions starting from £40 per hour
Home educated sessions start from £120 per term

We are able to provide services for children and young people with special educational needs and those not in employment, education or formal training. 

Age Range
6-1011-18, 19-25, Ages 5-10, Ages 11-16, Ages 16-18, 18-25 (Transition),

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