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Thanet Community Forest School

We are a local Community Incorporated Organisation with charitable status and provide day care services for adults with moderate learning disabilities, SEMH and ASD, we are based between an allotment on Dane Valley Allotments and Dane Valley Woods, Margate, Kent. We provide natural arts and crafts, cooking, budgeting and independence skills, horticulture experience including copicing, silvestre and woodland experience. We also provide work experience for young people, forest school experiences for children and young people. We work closely with local schools, post 16 providers of education and local children's nurseries. We are in the process of planting 280 trees and natural shrubs. All our staff are qualified to a minimum of level 3 either in care or education and our manager was a tutor at Hadlow College, teaching horticulture. All staff have current DBS checks and all have experience of working with children, families, young people and adults with learning difficulties and social, emotional, metal health and challenging behaviour, however we are unable to meet the needs of participants who need to be restrained. We have links to creative artists and also local businesses who provide pottery experiences, art projects which we can engage in. Forest school ethos is very much person centred and allows the person regardless of age problems solve and experience success through their own merit. However all our participants need to be fully mobile and continent. Unfortunately we cannot take profound, multiple learning difficulties or severe learning difficulties as we do not have wheelchair access, we do not restrain so cannot provide support for participants who need to be restrained or who have medical needs require nursing, 1:1 or medical support.

There is a compost toilet which is up 4 steps. opposite our base and all our horticulture is organic and eco friendly. We also run open days, family fun days and community tree planting days.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Luke Evans/ Sally Parrett/Frances Clements
Contact Position
Chair/Admin & Support/Senior Support Worker

Where to go

Dane Valley Allotments
Dane Valley Road

The Allotments are kept locked and have high fencing surrounding the area. Their are 2 compost toilets.

The forest schools base is in a container with a large shelter adjacent to it.

Working on site participants will need steel toe capped boots/wellingtons, waterproofs, warm clothing, jeans or combat trousers and hat and gloves as we do not have electricity and work in all weathers.

The venue does not have an mainline electricity or gas.

The allotment is at the top end of Dane Valley Allotments near Drapers Mill School, Margate, Kent.

We provide hot and cold refreshments, hot food once a week which will be prepared by the participants.

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Open Moday to Friday ( except public and bank holidays) 9.30 am to 3.30 pm (dependent on daylight in winter)
Time of day
Session Information
Some Saturdays for projects/open days/family fun days/community planting days
Sessions can be arranged as a one off or part of a 6 week bespoke experience, this will be subject to trustees and staff agreement.

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£43.00 Per day
£15.00 Per hour
Cost details
The daily rate is for adults with learning difficulties. The half day rate is for young people and children
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

We can cater for young children, young people and adults with moderate learning difficulties and ASD. Participants need to be continent, mobile, able to communicate and want to work outdoors, enjoyment of horticulture/hands on work/woodwork. We will also support with budgeting, cooking and social skills, working in the local community on arts projects. We can take 5 adult participants a day and 1 young person/child but this can increase, you will need to contact us to discuss.

Forest school staff will need to assess participants suitability for the project due to the compost toilets being up 4 steps, the uneven ground of the forest school and we cannot meet the needs of participants who need to be restrained or who have medical needs that require qualified medical/nursing.


We cater for adults, children and young people with moderate learning difficulties, SEMH and ASD, however we cannot meet the needs of participants who need to be restrained or who have medical needs that require qualified medical/nursing.

Age Range
6-1011-18, 19-25,
Communication and interaction, Learning difficulty,

Local Offer

Local Offer Disabilities
Learning difficulty
Communication and interaction
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type


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