…to Filthy Squirrels Woodland Nursery, an outdoor nursery that gives children
aged 2 to 5, a filthy education where children thrive.

Based within a beautiful, private woodland in the Chalke Valley, the Filthy Squirrel way enables children to become creative, resilient and confident little learners.  Children have free rein to explore the ever changing woodland enjoying unbounded adventures safely within our fenced off area.

Our play…

…is child led and play based, going wherever the childrens’ imagination and curiosity takes them. Popular woodland activities might involve cooking up a storm in the mud kitchen, creating potions, hunting for minibeasts, large scale painting and mark making using paints we’ve made ourselves, making and taking part in woodland obstacle courses,  den building, story making and yoga sessions.

At Filthy Squirrels…

…we want to challenge traditional education ideals. Learning to write doesn’t (and in our opinion, shoudn’t!) have to be done sat at a table.

Anything that can be done inside, can be done outside…. if it’s not covered in mud, it’s probably not that great anyway.

Meet The Team


 Ever since I was little, I had always wanted to be a teacher. In 2007, I qualified as a teacher specialising in Early Years. I worked in the classroom for 11 years, completing my Level 3 Forest School Leader training along the way. It was during my Forest School training that I realised how important being outdoors and immersed in nature is for both children and adults, and a year later, I left the confines of the classroom to set up Filthy Squirrels on a lovely little farm. Several years later, Filthy Squirrels has grown and grown, with more people seeing the wonderful opportunities an outdoor education has to offer.


Hi I’m Lisa. I’ve worked in childcare for many years. I’ve been a Nanny, a Pre School Leader and a Playworker in a Children’s Centre. I love working with children and supporting their learning through creative play. When I’m not at work in the woods, I spend most of my spare time outdoors with my dog and children. Being outdoors is so good for the mind!

The Threshing Barn, Unit 8,

Fifield Bavant,

Wiltshire, SP5 5HT


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