About us

We are qualified level 3 Forest School leaders who are passionate about the natural world and connecting people to it more deeply. We are DBS checked, hold current first aid certificates and are insured (public liability up to £5 million).

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. I work as health and wellbeing officer at the Forest of Avon Trust.

Rachel TomlinsonRachel Tomlinson: I mainly work with the Forest of Avon Trust on woodland wellbeing projects for adults. I trained as a Forest School leader in 2012. Before this I worked for the BBC for 11 years on nature programmes such as Springwatch. I’ve also worked as Community Inclusion Officer for the Forestry Commission at Westonbirt Arboretum. I balance my woodland work with website production/copy writing. More on LinkedIn.

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Alice Goodenough: an environmental educator and researcher, I’m interested in how people’s relationships with natural space contribute to their health and wellbeing. I coordinated the Good from Woods scheme in partnership with Plymouth University and recently researched girl’s perceptions of forestry, for the Timber Girls project. I qualified as a Forest School teacher in 2015.

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

hapa-zomeWhere we work: Based in Bristol, we work in Bristol, North Somerset, B&NES, South Glos. 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: Nicola and Rachel both trained with the Forest of Avon Trust, which we recommend to provide Forest School training and support.

 

 

Nicola and Rachel sitting under a tree

Nicola and Rachel

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