Meet The Team

Meet our team of friendly, qualified coaches. Our staff have a passion for the outdoors and for education!

DIRECTOR

DAVE CHURCHWARD

Hi –I’m Dave Churchward the founder of Little Acorns Forest Schools Ltd. I’ve been a Forest School leader since 2011 and have thoroughly enjoyed my days spent in the woods with learners young and old. I come from a military background spanning 3 decadesand have always been happiest outside and in some kind of woodland. I enjoy bushcraft and am a military combat survival instructor regularly getting away to practice and keep my skills up. I am now able to train adults up to Level 3 Forest School Leaderand I also teach First Aid which compliments the qualification well. If you’re looking to change careers or just do something different in life and you have a love for the outdoors then maybe get in touch with us to book on a course and start your journey now


LEAD PRACTITIONER

HOLLIE

Hi, my name’s Hollie. I have been lucky enough to work for Little Acorns at Hicks Lodge since 2017. i absolutely love my job and can’t believe it took me so long to swap the classroom for this beautiful
woodland. You’ll often find me at the top of the mudslide or helping out in the mud kitchen.


PRACTITIONER

DAMON

Hi – my name is BFG, sometimes known as Damon – but not very often!
I am a Level 3 Practitioner for Little Acorns Forest Schools Ltd.
I also run all the Bushcraft Courses. I can usually be found making things out of sticks or making a BFG swing! I love working for Little Acorns because we stay true to the Forest School Ethos which is child lead play.


PRACTITIONER

KATE

Hi I’m Kate, a mum of three boys who love the outdoors and a qualified primary school teacher. Although I have just recently joined the Little Acorns Team, I havebeen coming to the Stay and Play group with my youngest for over a year and half. It was these sessions that ignited my passion for Forest School and brought me to the Level 3 Forest School Leader coursewhich is now near to completion. I love Forest school because every day is different and it is all about the ‘whole’ child. The children are in control of and lead their learning so you support them in this exploration and discovery. This often leads to incrediblelearning in a very magical place!


PRACTITIONER

DEENA

Since qualifying in 2016 as a Level 3 Forest School Leader, I have cherished every amazing experience this journey has brought me.

I am a newbie to the Little Acorns team, having joined them only recently, but I can honestly say that I feel truly blessed every day to be a part of this super organisation.


PRACTITIONER

CHARLOTTE

I have worked in forest school for the last 3 years. And been lucky enough to work for Little Acorns for 2 ½ years . I love seeing people, young, and old, experience getting back to nature & helping them to gain a positive experience from all our woodland has to offer .


ADMINISTRATOR

MERYL

Hi – I am Meryl Gardner – Administrator for Little Acorns Forest Schools Ltd.

I try to keep the day to day running of Little Acorns as smooth as possible!

I work behind the scenes, usually sitting at my computer or on the telephone – but occasionally I do venture into the woods (but I only go when it’s not muddy!!!).


PRACTITIONER

CHARLOTTE

I have worked in forest school for the last 3 years. And been lucky enough to work for Little Acorns for 2 ½ years . I love seeing people, young, and old, experience getting back to nature & helping them to gain a positive experience from all our woodland has to offer .