ROOTEd Structures

rooted structures is a new partnership between rooted forest school and local natural design and construction company rustic campers. we are very pleased to be able to offer high quality site design and construction using local materials and our combined years of EXPERIENCE.

We work with schools to develop and extend their outdoor provision. We have links with various local design and construction businesses including:

Rustic Campers - Stunning vehicle conversions and carpentry business based in South Herefordshire

Say it With Wood - Herefordshire based firm producing Chestnut fencing using traditional techniques

Danny Thomas Chainsaw Carving - Beautiful bespoke chainsaw carvings to inspire and bring a touch of magic to your outdoor area

We design and build:

  • Outdoor Classrooms
  • Ponds
  • Walkways and Paths
  • Clay Pizza Ovens
  • Shelter and Canopies
  • Compost Toilets
  • Temporary structures such as yurts and tepees
  • Chainsaw Carvings

Grounds development work could also include:

  • Working with students and pupils, using a variety of methods to collect and interpret their views
  • Creating a development plan and an action plan for school grounds
  • Sourcing materials and building structures including shelters and living willow
  • Working to develop Forest School type areas for adventurous play on school grounds
  • Help with fundraising and funding projects, including grant applications
  • Celebration events, to involve the local community and parents

Prices for this will vary depending on the scale and length of the project. Please contact us for more details or a quote.

Sustainability

All of our builds focus on quality of materials and design. We use sustainable timber from local sources wherever possible and don't believe in using unnecessary chemicals to treat our timber. All materials are sources with an eye for quality and reducing our impact on the environment. We use as little concrete as possible in our builds and will recycle materials where appropriate. Contact us for more details.

We have been working with Sam in developing our Forest School right here at Riverside Primary School. We are extremely fortunate to have ground that has been developed into an exciting outdoor learning space. Sam and his team built our natural outdoor classroom, the pond and dipping platform and gazebo covering in the pond area and most recently has finished off the entrance to this area with a beautifully carved sign. Weatherall Wilderness is a tribute to John Weatherall who was governor here for many years and inspired us all to use our grounds by planting trees and using the space for outdoor learning. Sam’s brother built and carved the beautiful entrance to this area which is fantastic.
Thanks to the support and guidance from Sam and his team the whole school is now involved in Forest Schools which plays a very important part of school life for us.
— Riverside Primary School - Hereford 2016

Case Study - Bradley Stoke Community School - 2017

In 2017, we completed our biggest project to date, a fully bespoke Outdoor Learning area for Bradley Stoke Community School. The area contains:

  • 5m Octagonal Outdoor Classroom built from local Chestnut and Larch
  • Clay Pizza Oven with chimney
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Sensory garden - smell, taste, colour, texture.
  • 5m Willow dome
  • Log Circle
  • Sand play area
  • Chicken run with rustic Chestnut gate
  • Woodchip paths

The project was completed in just over 2 weeks and will be a valuable learning resource for the children at the school, which is in an urban setting. Our builds focus on quality of materials and construction and lend themselves to exploration and connection with the natural world and real-life learning experiences for the children. We had a great time building this area and we hope the children who use it will have as much fun as we did!