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Muddy Faces

Liz Edwards

Liz Edwards is the founder and director of Muddy Faces. She is a passionate advocate of the outdoors as a medium to support, encourage and nurture, play, learning and health.

Being dyslexic, Liz has always migrated to working outdoors and, as many dyslexic people do, ended up running her own business.


Liz Edwards has been involved in Forest Schools for two decades. She became a Forest School practitioner in 2001 and went on to set up a Forest School training company, enjoying supporting many people to become Forest School leaders.

In 2007 Liz launched Muddy Faces, with the aim of creating a resource that would support and enable many different types of groups and individuals to access quality outdoor provision - a one-stop-online-shop for all the outdoor play & learning resources a Forest School leader or outdoor practitioner could need.

Prior to becoming involved in Forest school, Liz worked as an environmental educator for the Peak District National Park, and as an outdoor pursuits instructor (SpSA climbing instructor and Mountain Leader), both in the UK and abroad.

She has also had roles as a youth development worker for the Prince’s Trust, and as a mountain leader for youth development charity Raleigh International, spending 5 months in Namibia and 3 months in Chile.

The following 3 short films give a little insight into Liz and her family

They are all made by Siren Films, creators of educational videos for early years professionals.

In the first one Liz and her oldest son take a walk down the local high street and we observe their adventures and conversations along the way.

In this one we see how important mud is in the family. The little boy at the end sticking his finger in a muddy puddle is Liz’s son, of course!
(trailer: 1 min 37 secs, free to watch)

Finally the jolly laughing fellow right at the start of this film is Liz’s younger son – outdoors right from the start!
(trailer: 1 min 13 secs, free to watch)

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