About us

We are Rachel Tomlinson and Nicola Ramsden, qualified level 3 Forest School leaders. We are passionate about the natural world and connecting people to it more deeply.

Nicola RamsdenNicola Ramsden: a biologist and botanist, I spent many years surveying woodland,  and other natural habitats, and writing management plans for landowners. I then trained to be a Forest School leader. I also lead singing workshops and work as an OT technician in mental health services, leading nature walks and sensory activities.

Rachel TomlinsonRachel Tomlinson: I trained as a Forest School leader in 2012. Before this I volunteered for many years with Avon Wildlife Trust and Avon Gorge and Downs Project encouraging schools and families to discover the wild places on their doorstep. When not in the woods I study as an apprentice wood turner and work as a copy writer. More about me on LinkedIn.

We are both DBS (was CRB) checked, hold current first aid certificates and are insured (public liability).

the-retreat-siteWhere we work

Based in Bristol, we work in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire. We also run workshops further afield at festivals and events. We try to use woodland close to where people live so that they feel connected to their local environment and can visit independently.


Forest of Avon Trust logoWhere we trained

We both trained with the Forest of Avon Trust, which we recommend to provide Forest School training and support.


Latest news

Read our blog to see what we’ve been doing recently or find out about past projects.

Nicola and Rachel sitting under a tree

Nicola and Rachel

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