Forest from Seed:
Setting up a Tree Nursery

Forest From Seed Courses

We are delighted to be partnering with the Children’s Forest for events in late Autumn. These will focus on gathering seeds and growing trees from healthy local tree seeds, alongside connective cultural practices such as singing, crafting, storytelling and
We recommend participating in both the Foraging and Forest from Seed workshops.

This training is subsidised by the People’s Project funding.

Forest from Seed

About this two day workshop

These two days will take place at the site of the Forest from Seed Nursery. We will explore the practical considerations of setting up and tending a tree nursery with children and local communities. Looking at how to germinate some of the common native trees that support and increase local biodiversity as well as providing crafts and wild foods for our communities.

The sessions will bring together the relational tending and nature connection aspects explored in the Foraging, Seed and Song Training.

Forest from Seed

What you’ll learn

  • How to identify and harvest seeds form healthy native trees
  • Different ways of treating various kinds of seed in order to germinate and grow them into saplings
  • Practical knowledge on how to set up a small tree nursery and engage local children and communities
  • How to tend seeds into saplings through the year to grow trees for Children’s Forests and other tree planting initiatives
  • Songs, stories and practices that bring connection to these community initiatives

Course dates

This course will take place at the Spring Rise Community Gardens, Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex,
RH18 5JX

Dates: November 23rd & 24th 2023

Time: 10am – 4pm

Facilitators: Anna Richardson and Pippa Johns 

Fee: £80 for the 2 days

Location: Springrise Community Gardens, Emerson College, Forest Row. East Sussex, RH18 5JX


About the Course Facilitators

Pippa Johns: Pippa has 25 years experience of working with land, designing and making ecological gardens that produce food for people alongside providing habitat for abundant wildlife and building soils. She has worked on Organic farms and smallholdings and has taught Permaculture for over 20 years. Pippa is passionate about inspiring people to develop their own connection to a piece of land to grow food for families and communities. She has designed and taught on Permaculture design courses, been a tutor for the Permaculture Diploma and developed her own courses in ecological gardening and connection gardening. She has created the first Children’s Forest tree nursery, facilitating children to grow native trees from local seed, for planting Children’s Forests.

Anna Richardson: Anna has been a nature mentor and trained forest school leader for over 20 years, working with children of all ages and mentoring adults in plant lore, foraging, nature connection and bushcraft. The 8 Shields deeply informs Anna’s work and approach.  She is passionate about connecting to nature through creativity and reverence for life and is also a forest school trainer through Circle of Life Rediscovery and has co-authored two books: ‘Learning with Nature’ and ‘The Children’s Forest’. Anna is the founder of the Children’s Forest.

Pippa Johns

Why learn with Circle of Life Rediscovery?

Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC is committed to transforming education, health and family and supporting people to reach their potential through nature.

We have over 25 years of experience in training professionals and inspiring thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds into the outdoors in both the UK, Ireland, Portugal and SE Asia.

We are a leading organisation in nature connection and personal development. As such, we’ve received many grants and awards for our work with groups across different ages and backgrounds.

Forest from Seed: Setting up a Tree Nursery