Milly Hawkins & Team

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Milly Hawkins & Team - Wild in the Woods 

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Since 2008 I have been working as a qualified Forest Schools Leader both free lance and with Sussex Wildlife Trust.As a passionate believer that kids (and adults!) need quality time in nature, it's my aim to lead participants deeper into their own connection with nature in practical, creative and fun ways.  In my work I mix bushcraft, natural crafts, storytelling, foraging, nature awareness, historical perspectives, and imaginative games to encourage participants to explore their relationship to, and above all enjoy the natural world.  As a Forest Schools leader, I have worked with school children of all ages providing curriculum linked sessions, home educated children, children with special needs, nursery groups and families.  I have also ran several wild food workshops for adults sharing my love of foraging and proving that one of the best ways for us all to connect more with nature is through our stomachs!

I hold a Health Science degree, Forest School Leader level 3, NVQ in Environmental Conservation, an enhanced CRB check, a First Aid certificate, and an outdoor food hygiene certificate.  I gained valuable experience in many bushcraft activities volunteering with East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership (ESAMP) 2008-2010, and since 2009 I have learned much by sharing regular wild food forays with Professor Gordon Hillman, deepening my knowledge of wild foods.  Previous to working as a forest schools leader, I worked with Greenpeace Australia where I developed a love of communicating all things ‘environmental’, and co-founded a small re-forestation charity.  I am also happy to be asked about private group bookings and birthday parties.


Alice Bettany will be joining Milly on several days in 2017:

Alice is a local herbalist who’s main passion is to empower and inspire kids and families to help themselves stay healthy through the abundance of nature's medicine around us. Alice has been co-running a monthly mentoring toddler group with other leaders for a few years now and has gleamed alot of experience working outdoors with kids.  She completed a year long Bushcraft course called Trackways to deepen her own Nature connection and survival skills.  Alice also helps raise awareness around sustainable growing and wild crafting of herbs, endangered or at risk species and seed sovereignty. Alice host's wild medicine walks and practical herbal medicine making workshops for all ages in the East Sussex area. She also offers seasonal days of foraging, practical medicine making, basic botany and biology workshops for Home Education groups. Alice is available for private herbal consultation or to be hired for herbal garden design jobs.  For information about Community herb gardening open days, Community supported herbalism and more see her website:



How to book:

Click directly on the date of the workshop/ extra you want to attend, followed by clicking on 'NEXT STEP'. Then select how many people to attend each Workshop (take note of dates) and click on 'NEXT STEP'. You will then be directed to fill in your payment details.


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Wild Woodland Crafts (2 hours)

Come and get creative in this kids nature craft session, and make some wonderful creations to take away with you to remind you of your wild Wowo times.  Delightful decorations, lovely leaf prints, and many more cool creations are all possible...  Just bring your imagination and we’ll bring the rest!  

Age 5+ or younger if accompanied by paying adult, but adaptable for all ages.  £12, 2hrs. 25 max kids


Green Woodwork (2 hours)

A focused green woodworking session for children (and adults) 8 years+.  We’ll guide you in using a range of hand tools, and you’ll choose from a selection of possible projects.  Expect things with wheels, animals, wooden toys, decorations and more!

This session is for 8 years+ or 6 years+ with a paying adult supporting child.  £12, 2hrs. 20 max kids


Wizards in the Woods!  (2 hours)

Calling all magical folk!  Come join us to master the magic of making fire without matches, craft your own wonderful wand from natural materials, and mix magical nature potions.  We’ll also conjure up some super-natural games to play in the woods in this fun filled session, so bring your imagination, park your broomstick, and join us in Wowo’s enchanted woods!  

5 years+ under 5yrs must be accompanied by a paying adult. £12, 2hrs. 25 max kids


Pirates Ahoy! (2 hours)

Ahoy there me hearties! Come aboard for our pirate themed bushcraft adventure!  We’ll need to brush up our survival skills, learn to make fire, follow treasure maps, and play swashbuckling games; all so we can survive and make it back to Wowo by the end of our session!  Will we find treasure?  Come and find out for yourself!  A fun filled bushcraft adventure for all aged 5 years+.  

Under 5’s must be accompanied by a paying adult. £12, 2hrs. 25 max kids


Night Games (2 hours)

As daylight fades and darkness descends, the woods become the perfect place for adventure and games.  In the twilight will your senses play tricks on you?  Can you out sneak your companions, become invisible, or move silently? Come and play in the dark woods.... if you dare!  Bring an extra layer of clothing, all the better if it is dark coloured to help you stay camouflaged, and a torch.

Age: 8yrs + younger if accompanied by a paying adult. £12, 2hrs. 25 max kids


Forage and Fire (2 hours) - New for 2017!

Get in touch with your inner Hunter- Gatherer! Together we’ll go for a short forage around Wowo, then return to our camp in the woods with our bounty to practice a range of firelighting skills, build the fire up to cook, and finish with sharing our foraged foods.  

For foragers and fire bugs aged 7-16 years. £12, 2hrs. 25 max kids




Saturday 27th May

11am-1pm - Wild Woodland craft

2-4pm - Forage and Fire


Saturday 10th June

11am-1pm - Wild Woodland craft

2-4pm Green Woodwork


Saturday 24th June

11am-1pm - Wild Woodland craft

2-4pm - Wizards in the Woods

8-10pm - Night games


Saturday 15th July

11am-1pm - Wild Woodland craft

2-4pm - Green Woodwork

8-10pm - Night games


Saturday 22nd July

11am-1pm - Green Woodwork

2-4pm - Wizards in the Woods

8-10pm - Night games


Wednesday 26th July

11am-1pm - Wild Woodland craft

2-4pm Pirates Ahoy!


Wednesday 2nd August

11am-1pm - Green Woodwork

2-4pm - Wizards in the Woods

8-10pm - Night games


Saturday 5th August

11am-1pm - Wild Woodland craft

2-4pm - Pirates Ahoy!

8-10pm - Night games


Monday 7th August

11am-1pm - Wizards in the Woods

2-4pm - Green Woodwork


Group Bookings

If you would like to book any of these workshops for a large group on already set dates or  privately on special dates, for school or home education groups or team building exercises, we can accommodate you.  Taylormade full/half days with a selection of workshops of your choice and price discounts available.  Please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.