We are a small team who shares the same passion for working with children and adults within the natural environment. 


Paula Harvey - Founder


Paula has been in childcare for over 10 years, most of which at Archway Children's Centre. During this time, she completed a level 3 advanced Forest School leaders' course, which enabled Paula to become the forest school lead for the centre. Paula and the team delivered fun and educational forest school sessions to a small group of children and introduced parent/carer sessions, these sessions proved to be successful. The idea for setting up Urban Forest came from these parents/carers and their children; their feedback was extremely positive and gave Paula the foundation to make Urban Forest possible.
Paula has a strong passion for working with children and adults, the great outdoors and supporting the next generation to develop a keen interest in the natural world.
Paula holds a Cache level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Young People's Workforce and is a trained pediatric first aider.
Paula is a London National City Park Ranger and a forest school association member and also freelances for outdoor learning charity The Garden Classroom.

Sarah Lerman


Sarah has been working with Paula and the team since the summer of 2021. She is passionate about outdoor learning and nature and the many benefits both bring to mental and physical health.

Sarah holds a level 3 Forest School Leader and works closely with Paula to deliver school sessions for primary aged children across north London.

Sarah is the founder of Forest Club and runs her own after school club in Bounds Green. Sarah is a trained pediatric first aider and is a Forest School Association member.

As well as working with Paula, Sarah freelances for an outdoor learning charity, The Garden Classroom, which aims to connect urban families to nature.

Claire Hall 

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Claire has been working with Paula and the team since spring 2021. "It is so rewarding to see the difference a natural environment provides the children. My own children attend Paula's after school club and as a parent, I see first-hand the positive impact the club has on both their mental and physical health". Claire has worked across early years and KS1  within a local primary school.

Susana Almeida-Fairclough


Susana has worked in childcare for over 10 years as a childminder and within nurseries. "It’s such an amazing feeling seeing the progress children make especially outdoors and knowing you have contributed to that". Whilst working at a local nursery Susana was lucky enough to attend forest school sessions. "It was so heartwarming to see children exploring and learning about the world they live in whilst having fun".

Susana holds a Cache level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education and is currently studying for her BA/BSc (Honours) Open Degree.