Lucy Bell

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Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Meath, Offaly, Wicklow
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Lucy is the founder of Growing Wild, a Kildare based environmental education company, she is an organic horticulturalist & Forest School Leader, with over 15 years of experience working in school gardens, Forest School, and various outdoor learning settings.

Lucy runs Forest School after school programmes out of Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare and is part of the training team on the OCN Level 3 Forest School leadership training course.

Lucy has been a member of the Heritage in Schools panel since 2009.

Lucy can help you set up all aspects of your school garden - the vegetable patch, compost area, soft fruit area, heritage orchard, native woodland & hedgerows, living willow structures wildlife ponds and wildflower meadows. Lucy runs a variety of Forest School programmes in woodland and natural settings, in urban and rural settings.

Facebook: @growingwildirl

Instagram: growingwildirl

In-person visits

Lucy will work with your school to engage with the children in designing and developing their own school garden area. Areas covered: Setting up your vegetable patch, setting up your compost area, soft fruit area, planting a native woodland and hedgerows, planting a heritage orchard space, setting up a living willow structure and developing various wildlife areas such as wildflower meadows and wild areas.

Forest School is based on repeat time in nature in a woodland setting. The children will be part of a programme that spends repeated time in a woodland setting, where they get to lead their own play, possible areas to explore in the woods are rope work, tool skills, free play, fire & cooking, games, songs and natural craft and skills.

Like Forest School but based on a shorter term set up, sessions will take place in a woodland setting but are once off, areas that can be covered are seasonal woodland activities such as foraging, tree seed & nursery projects, woodland & nature craft skills, bushcraft skills and Forest School topics.

Lucy can work in your school to help set up areas for pollinators such as woodlands, wild areas, and wildflower meadows. Sessions can also include exploration of our native wildlife such as bug hunts, pond dips, foraging, making nature crafts and exploring our local wildlife on the school grounds.


  • "A great day and opportunity for our 6th class pupils to plant and weave a willow structure in our school garden."
  • "We had a great day with Lucy. She was very organised and knowledgeable. She had a lovely manner with the children, who were delighted to be able to get answers to all their questions about bugs and plants. We now have a great plan for our school garden too. We will definitely be asking Lucy to come back in the future." - Lusk JNS, Dublin

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Provides practical/hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

087 650 8226