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A photograph of a den. It has been built using a tarp, guidelines  and camouflage netting.

HARE Forest School Bursary

Since HARE opened in February 2023, we have been committed to helping people experience the wonder of nature, regardless of their financial circumstances. HARE is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.  Any profits we make will be put back into the business to support local families.


We aim to make our offerings accessible to all.  To do this we have two strategies.  One is to apply for funding to cover some of our ongoing running costs, to enable us to keep costs down for parents.  Another, is a bursary, which will enable us to offer subsidised places to families on low incomes.  To donate to our bursary, please see the donate button below.

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How Our Bursary Works

Money donated to our bursary will be used to buy much needed equipment for our sessions and to subsidise places for  families on low incomes.  Each term, we will evaluate how much money we have in the bursary and offer a certain amount of subsidised places for the following term.

When you click on the donate button below it will take you to our shop, where you will be able to make either a one-off donation or set up a monthly payment to subsidise an ongoing place.

You can also donate during Spring/Summer 2024 to our GoFundMe

What will my donation pay for?

£10 per month will cover 25% of a family with one child's monthly Forest School session fees.

£40 per month will cover the full cost of a place for a family with one child for the whole month or 50% for a family with 2 children.

We are really thankful for all your donations, however big or small, they all make a difference to families in the Forest of Dean.


"Hare Forest School in Parkend has been and continues to be an invaluable resource for my three children, with my youngest daughter joining this term. Hare provides not only a nurturing and safe environment for children to learn, grow, and enjoy, but more importantly, a space for friends and socialisation away from parents."

- Parent of children accessing bursary placements

How to Apply for Our Bursary

If you are a parent who would like to apply to our bursary for a subsidised place, please get in touch with us at and we will send you a bursary application form to complete.  If you would like support with completing the form, please email, phone or whatapp us to let us know. 07761 164 352.

Please note that if parents apply for a bursary place, but then don't use the sessions, we will offer the place to another family on our bursary waiting list.

Autumn Term 2023 Bursary

We have the following bursary places available between September and December 2023

Forest Play

80% Bursary for families on low incomes

Forest School for Home Educating Children

80% Subsidised Bursary place for families on low incomes

100% Bursary for eligible families on benefits such as income support or jobseeker's allowance.

After School Club

80% Bursary for families on low incomes

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