Outdoor learning activities

There are a variety of walks, talks and practical sessions on offer in our parks and open spaces.

Types of activities

See the Friendly Parks for All (pdf, 569 KB) leaflet to find out more about the types of facilities and activities in our parks and open spaces. You can also view upcoming events held by South West London Environment Network.

Please note that these organisations are separate from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

There are also regular Health Walks throughout the borough which make use of parks and open spaces and a monthly accessible Wellbeing Walk run in partnership with Richmond Borough Mind and Ruils.

Seeds of Change Project

The Seeds of Change project is managed through our Parks Department. It aims to encourage more use of parks and open spaces by local people. The objectives of the project are to:

  • Encourage use of parks and open space in the borough
  • Work with partners to help improve the quality of everyone’s experience of parks
  • To increase the number and diversity of people inspired by and enjoying them.
  • Better understand the issues, barriers and priorities of residents to help improve engagement in parks


In June 2015 we undertook a consultation to understand:

  • The general picture of the current provision of outdoor learning in the borough.
  • The geographical distribution of outdoor learning in the borough.
  • How accessible current provision is to residents, especially in areas of uplift.
  • Whether there is any specialised provision to specific client groups e.g. families, schools, older people, those with disabilities.

View the consultation report(pdf, 267KB)

List of outdoor learning providers

After the consultation, we compiled a complete list of outdoor learning providers in the borough(pdf, 450KB).

Please note that these organisations are separate from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.


Forest Schools

Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning that encourages and inspires individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

Forest School Leader Training

The nationally recognised qualification for Forest School Leadership practice in the UK, run by Greenbow Training.

Sessions take place on Ham Lands. Contact Patrick Harrison for further information:

Phone: 07939 004 971
Email: patrickharrison@greenbow.co.uk
Website: www.greenbow.co.uk

Wild Play and Learning in Nature

Fun, inspiring Forest School and bush craft sessions run by Kingston Forest School, engaging all involved to connect and learn in nature. Use of tools, fire and shelter building, team games, natural crafts and creativity.

Sessions take place in Ham Common Woods, and include both term time activities and holiday camps. Contact Cath for further information:

Phone: 07973 371 133
Email: kingstonforestschool@gmail.com
Website: www.kingstonforestschool.org

Forest School Workshops

Holiday Forest School Workshops for Alexandra Infant School and St. Paul's CofE Junior School run by Maria Sprostranova. Volunteering opportunities as Professional Development for local Teachers/TA's and all Professionals working with children and young people.

Sessions take place on Ham Lands, and include holiday workshops run from 10am to 3pm. Contact Maria Sprostranova for information:

Phone: 07737 644 119
Email: mariasprostranova@gmail.com
Website: LinkedIn

Tree House Learning Forest School

Tree House Learning provide quality Forest School sessions in the Ham Common Woods.

Various sessions are run throughout the week for different age groups. Contact April Gutensohn for further information:

Phone: 07985 969 416
Email: contact@treehouselearning.co.uk
Website: www.treehouselearning.co.uk

Wild Education Forest School

Wild Education offer Forest School activities for schools, as well as pre-school and after school activities.

Sessions take place in Sheen Common Wood. Contact Ellie Wrigglesworth for further information:

Email: info@wildeducation.co.uk
Website: www.wildeducation.co.uk

Wild Learning Holiday Club

Let your children come and have wild fun in the woods, they will come home tired, dirty and happy!

Sessions take place at Kings Ride, Sheen Common. Contact Wild Learning for further information:

Phone: 01483 424 400
Email: info@wildlearning.net
Website: www.wild-learning.net

Updated: 19 March 2018