As well as its animal and plant inhabitants, Bramblewood is blessed with a team of wild enthusiasts who help look after it, run sessions and make exciting plans for its future.
Helen is mum of 2, a trained Forest School Leader, Outdoor First Aider and Mental Health First Aider. She has run forest school in nurseries and schools since 2012 and worked in informal education for 25 years, running residential summer camps and training for the charity Active Training and Education and is Lead Trainer for the Summer Camps Trust. Helen is also a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and has worked with children with a range of difficulties and adults with learning disabilities. Helen loves building things out of stuff she finds in the wood, learning new skills and is very fond of Ash Trees and Beetles.
Sam is a mum of 3 and a nurse. Sam uses her nursing skills for NHS patients in Worcestershire, to support Forest School and as a Matron on summer camps for children. She is also a trained First Aider and Mental Health First Aider. Sam will literally put her hand to anything and get it done, and is rarely daunted by a task. In this pic, she isn’t just resting in the wood store, she’s making it out of an old double bed frame we uncovered when we first got to Bramblewood. Sam founded Wild and Rooted CIC and Bramblewood with Helen.
Kam is a mum, home educator, Forest School Leader and first aider. She has led forest school in nurseries across Worcestershire for 6 years, and supports children and young adults with learning difficulties who are living in care. Kam supports and leads Forest School at Bramblewood, with a particular interest in offering outdoor learning and nature connection opportunities to home educating families. With her, Kam brings and shares with us a deep connection to the Earth and Nature (people included), her incredible aptitude for listening to and really hearing people, and a spot on sense of humour.
Laura is a mum, wild at heart and passionate about the outdoors and nurturing children’s innate natural wisdom. She has worked outdoors with children for many years, with The Earth Trust and in nursery settings. Laura is a qualified YogaBears instructor, and this summer ran our first Woodland Yoga Adventure summer day camp. She loves learning new skills and meeting people round Bramblewood’s hearth. Whilst studying for her Primary PGCE, Laura is also one of our wonderful regular volunteers.
Lynny is a mum, Forest School Leader in training and qualified first aider. She is super creative, with her passions gravitating towards all things art and music. A drummer and DJ, Lynny has delivered percussion workshops at festivals across the country. Lynny has a real love of wildlife, be it flora or fauna, and is very happy when painting (especially with mud). Lynny is one of our fabulous regular forest school volunteers as well as our resident nature sleuth, tracking down new species in the wood and getting to know all about them.
Graham is a local wildlife champion with a deep appreciation for the beauty of urban wild spaces and their huge importance to the wider biodiversity of the landscape. In 2016 Graham identified the possibility of a city spanning wildlife corridor along the waterways of Worcester, of which Bramblewood is an important part. He has since managed to bring together key land owners with the aim of creating and protecting a continuous wildlife corridor joining the wildlife rich habitats to the south of the city beyond the River Severn, through the old industrial heart of the city, to the rural north east beyond Sixways. The project is on going and getting exciting. You can find out more about the wildlife corridor, its inhabitants, why it is important for wildlife and people alike, and how to get involved, at Worcester Canal Wildlife. Graham has come on board at Wild and Rooted CIC and its sister CIC, The Bramblewood Project, as a director and regularly helps Bramblewood with friendship, support and a spade.
Jon arrived in Bramblewood one quiet spring, mid lockdown, not long after the chiffchaffs took up their annual post in The Big Ash. He quickly joined the regular fauna as part of the wood, bringing with him skills in green woodworking and woodland management, as well as homemade bread, elder flower cordial, friendship and songs, and long experience of training and environmental education. Jon is a founding director of the Forest School Association, and passionate about how the Forest School approach can help youngsters who find traditional schooling a challenge. Jon can often be found wending his way down the River Wye in a canoe, crafting furniture for small people, and sat round a campfire weaving a story. Jon is a director for The Bramblewood Project CIC.