Børn of the Forest is a family run project developed by Vikki & Chris Silverwood, supported by a team of talented facilitators.
Chief of Play
Prior to opening BOTF with Chris she spent 8 years working as a teacher in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 classes both here....Learn More
Chief Den Builder
Prior to setting up BOTF with Vikki, Chris worked in swimming and as a therapy manager in a specialist college. This role involved....Learn More
Chief Story Teller
After completing a Social Work degree, Lauren spent most of her career working with Looked After Children. After having her own children, she....Learn More
Prior to having children, We spent a couple of years exploring the world. During this time we saw kids in Australia, Brazil and Borneo playing bare foot in giant muddy puddles after a tropical downpour; kids in India and Indonesia playing with found objects and using their imagination; and kids in Laos, Peru and New Zealand… all over the world in fact, climbing trees; taking risks and exploring without limits.
We knew this was the life we wanted our own children to have and once Mari came along, we felt compelled to create something that enabled Mari and other local children to explore the world around them and grow up in the way we think kids are supposed to: playing freely, experiencing the awe and wonder of nature while building a meaningful connection to the environment.
We aim to provide children experiences which will connect them with nature through opportunities for open ended, child initiated play. Through being immersed in nature in this rich way, children are able to become confident, resilient and creative individuals; lead healthy and active lifestyles and have an understanding of and connection to the environment… The latter being something our world needs the future generation to have.
“The wild world is becoming so remote to children that they miss out and an interest in the natural world doesn’t grow as it should. Nobody is going to protect the natural world unless they understand it.“
– SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH