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Muddy Faces & Forest School
Muddy Faces: the original Forest School shop. Supporting outdoor practitioners and promoting the benefits of Forest School and outdoor play and learning since 2007.
Why is Forest School so important to Muddy Faces?
Our roots in Forest School
Muddy Faces director Liz Edwards has her roots outdoors. She has worked in the UK and internationally as an environmental educator, outdoor pursuits instructor, youth development worker and mountain leader.
Liz has been involved in Forest School since 2000, becoming a Forest School practitioner in 2001 and going on to set up one of the first Forest School training companies.
Muddy Faces: the original Forest School shop
While she was running the Forest School training company Liz realised many of her students were struggling to buy the kit they required. There were no shops in existence at that time that were focused on supporting Forest School, so Liz started sourcing kit for her students.
She launched Muddy Faces in 2007 to support Forest School leaders and outdoor practitioners to access the resources and helpful information they needed.
Since this time a number of shops have developed marketing that says they are the original Forest School shop. Although they may have been trading for longer, they were focusing on different markets - none were specifically catering for Forest Schools until a few years later.
Not just a shop
The Muddy Faces team is known for commitment to and expertise in Forest School and outdoor play and learning, and its continued support of the outdoor practitioner community.
Muddy Faces' beginnings
The organisers of Forest School Day talked to Liz in 2018 about her inspiration and love of Forest School. You can read the short interview here.
Our shop is full of kit & resources that has been recommended, tried and tested by practitioners working outdoors with children of all ages.
Many of our products have been designed and created by us in response to practitioners requests, including the famous Dragons Sneeze, light weight fire retardant shelters, campfire grills and many more.
Find out more about Muddy Faces & our ethos
Muddy Faces shop is recognised for having excellent customer services, support and product knowledge.
All our staff want to make sure you get the best kit you can for your budget, and never up-sell.
15 years old & counting...
Muddy Faces was founded in 2007. Follow our timeline, from how it all started to where we are today.Read More about 15 years old & counting...
We are passionate about the outdoors and and we strive to ensure that you have an inspiring and positive experience.
We are nationally-recognised for our innovative content and products and our excellent customer service. We aim to maintain these high standards and are always aspiring to do better - whether this is by reducing our environmental impact or ensuring that you receive what you expect, within timescales that we can deliver.
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