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Abstract

The aim of this review was to explore research relating to education and learning outdoors and particularly that which takes place in, or focuses on, tree, woods and forests. A desk based review was undertaken supplemented by a small number of interviews.

Tree, wood and forest (TWF) education and learning (E&L) is any activity which takes place in, or focuses on, the specific environment or context of TWF and which provides opportunities for the participant to engage with or learn about those environments. Many outdoor and TWF focused activities which are not explicitly designed to have E&L objectives may have relevant learning outcomes. For instance programmes or activities which aim to increase levels of activity in woodland settings may result in greater engagement with and knowledge of TWF.

The Forestry Commission in England, Scotland and Wales, is one of number of organisations which delivers a wide range of E&L opportunities and activities in woods and forests for all ages.