For some people, Forest School began in the early 1990s, when a group of nursery practitioners visited a setting in Denmark to see how the outdoor provision worked. They were amazed that the children were outdoors for the full time but were so engaged and learning in a positive learning environment, which allowed them to learn at their own pace and level of their choosing. They bought this idea back to UK and through Bridgewater College, set up and ran the first Forest School course for practitioners.
For others,the ideals and ethos of Forest Schools can be traced a lot further back than then. Some trace the ethos back as far as the pre 1800s,when the lifestyle that people had, was considerably different to today. The attachment below gives an outline of the time span for this which ismuch easier than writing about it