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Testimonials

What an amazing day! It was a brilliant way for 12 adults to celebrate a 40th birthday with our 12 children (all under the age of 8). We travelled from Portsmouth, Henley, Torquay and Bristol... And my goodness it was worth the journey.  From 3 year olds to 50 year olds, we were all totally engrossed in all the activities.  The day completely surpassed all expectations.  It was magical.  The way the woods is set up with its different areas is enchanting.  But it is your approach; and the way that you know when to step in, and when to step back to allow the freedom to explore that are the icing on the cake.   The children said it was "cool" and "I loved  it".  So thank you for a fabulous day that will stay forever in our memories.  Six months on and every visit to the woods involves us reminiscing about that special day. 

The Boddington, Bielec, Boden, Churchill, Haines and Shirley families

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Our day in the woods with Louise and her colleagues left my staff buzzing! They could not wait to get back into the classroom and put into practice some of the ideas that they had learnt. From a developmental angle, the INSET also really brought the staff together; it was fantastic to see them working together so closely whilst thoroughly enjoying themselves. One member of staff captured the day perfectly when she commented 'the best INSET ever!

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I found Louise in the centre of the coming and goings in the process of rescuing the sausages from the fire. She managed to achieve this whilst greeting me heartily and answering two or three children’s questions simultaneously.

I was immediately impressed by Louise’s unflustered, non-intrusive approach with the children.


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The Woodland Play Centre have had a presence at all of the Leadership events I held at the University, but most importantly, I invited Louise to present at a closed event of academics, creatives and government, to talk on Toxic Childhood.

Her knowledge of play and forest school, her teaching skills, her love of children and her desire to instill fun and play in all – both young and old – made her a perfect choice.

Her belief in combating ‘toxic childhood’ means that she carries, throughout her work in the Woodland Play Centre, the need to change the world that our children live in, giving them something pure and precious, that they can carry within them, throughout their lives.


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The Woodland Play Centre really gives children and adults (families) the chance to experience nature, to play with it, to be nourished by it and to find the freedom that many adults had as children, and that many children these days do not get.


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As a Ranger for the Quantock Hills AONB Service and Forestry Commission I have known and worked with Louise Kennedy for three years, organising permissions to use land owned by Somerset County Council and to work in partnership to put on "Wild Play Days" for the Forestry Commission.

Louise is most definitely someone I believe can connect with a diverse age range working with children to adults or mixed ages such as families. Louise’s consideration to her groups ensures that she makes the most of the Quantock Hills natural environment so that whilst the activities are well risk assessed they maintain a real and natural feel. The consideration also given to the sites Louise uses guarantees that they are left seemingly untouched.


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Louise provided a fantastic location, a wealth of experience, endless patience and good humour to allow me to hold a fantastic 40th birthday party. Adults and children enjoyed the fun of being outdoors regardless of the weather! Seeing the den building teams in action (with a 72 year old grandmother leading the way followed by a host of kids whose parents, whilst joining in, were forgetting all the stress of modern living) was marvellous!  I have some brilliant memories to keep of my friends and family which I will treasure; thanks Lou!

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Just to thank you on William's behalf for a fantastic day with you last week.  Will said it was the best ever - he absolutely loved the whole rabbit skinning / gutting / eating process and we had a blow by blow account!!

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Thank you once again for a fabulous afternoon.  Scarlett was thrilled and as she said the 'best birthday party ever!'  It was lovely to see them 'deconstruct' and get down and dirty! 


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.. a massive thank you for making Max's birthday such a success last weekend. It was a brilliant party, the kids had a ball, and Marc and I loved it too!

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The children had a great time as we could see from their faces. My daughter especially!!!!  (They didn't want to go!!!)

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You have a great and unique site which is perfect for the activities. I can see you have put a huge effort to create the setting and I can appreciate the amount of work it takes. Every now and again it's nice to have a pat on the back. Well here it is.


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Just to say thankyou for making Archie's party such a success. All the children had a fantastic time and it is very lovely as a parent to see them having a great time doing practical stuff! I think your wood is fantastic and a perfect setting for your parties/activity days. Thank you again


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Louise has great capacity to concentrate on the play aspect of learning, as well as incorporate into the work of the national curriculum.

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It is absolutely because of Louise and the Woodland Play Centre that my own daughter now goes to Forest School, can walk for 3 hours on the Quantocks in the rain, and find frogs and toads in pools where no frogs are found, or monsters and dragons, in the trees.

I will always be grateful to Louise for having inspired this in her – and she is still only 4!

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