We are a small team of child care and forest school professionals who share the same passion for working with children within the natural environment. 

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Paula Harvey

Hi, I've been in childcare for over 10 years, most of which was at a children’s centre. During this time, I completed a Forest School leaders’ course, which enabled me to become the forest school lead for the centre. The team and I delivered fun and educational forest school sessions to a small group of children and introduced parents’ sessions. Following much parent interest, these sessions proved to be extremely successful. The idea for setting up Urban Forest came from these parents and their children; their feedback was extremely positive and gave me the foundation to make Urban Forest possible. I have a strong passion for working with children, the great outdoors and educating the next generation in developing deep knowledge and understanding of their local woodland and natural environment.

Accreditation's: - 

Level 3 Qualified Forest School Leader

Cache level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Young People’s Workforce

Certified Pediatric First Aider

London National City Park Ranger

Member of the Forest School Association


Susana Almeida-Fairclough

Hi, I have 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 I 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.

Accreditation's: - 

Cache level 3 Diploma  in Child Care and Education

Currently studying for my BA/BSc (Honours) Open Degree

Sarah Lerman


Hi, I've been working with Paula and the team since June 2021. I'm passionate about outdoor learning and education and the many benefits they bring to people of all ages. I've recently started my Forest School Lead qualification and am loving sharing new skills with the children I work with. 


Last spring, I left a job in PR and communications after 10 years in the industry and, since then, have been working with Paula and a range of other outdoor education providers across London's beautiful parks and green spaces.