I am a Forest School practitioner with an 'award in Social and Horticultural Therapy'
and in working with children in SEN gained through the national charity Thrive
and Coventry University. In 2010, I went freelance as a gardener including a pre-school
nursery. It was at this Nursery, that I was inspired by the children to write and develop
a four-season outdoor experience for the children based around the seasons.
In time this led to the development of my outdoor ethos of learning Mossy Green Kids.
Alongside the greatest resource on earth; I work with nature, her cycles and seasons,
to support, educate and develop well being and confidence in adults and children,
through gardening and outdoor learning.
My current freelance work includes:
Developing "The Secret Garden" community project in Wiltshire with a small team.
Education and mentoring children through outdoor learning with Mossy Green Kids
Private gardening for local clients in Wiltshire
Supporting role for adults in therapeutic gardening at TWIGS in Swindon
INFLUENCE AND INSPIRATION
I have spent my life anchored in the wonder of nature. I grew up in beautiful, rural Dorset
discovering nature through my own adventures, which started young. Blackberry picking
aged four, I remember being severely told off for eating berries without bringing them home
first to wash. Juice berry stains gave it away, but I learnt about consequences and foraging
all in one afternoon! The spectacle of 30.ft drifts of snowdrops at the bottom of our garden,
long summers on nature walks with my dad, bird watching, stream dipping for minoes,
freedom to roam and camp building all instilled in me a deep awe and love of nature which
has never left. Dad's first nature walks, showing me wildlife and birds through his
binoculars, teaching me to be still, to watch quietly and to take care when walking the fields
and roads proved anchor points, treasured cornerstones to my sense of belonging in the wilds
and continue to directly influence my work and life, passing down a legacy of being part of
nature and its conservation to others.
Since the beginning of my career people, adventure and nature have been central.
With qualifications in hospitality management and professional chef, I lived and worked
in France as part of my apprenticeship and went on to travel across the continent of Africa
working as camp-cook on an overland truck. I spent several years sailing around the world,
working on-board SS Canberra in the Merchant Navy before returning to the UK: Where my
hands plunged into the world of gardening and stayed close-by ever since!
I took basic horticulture qualifications at Hadlow College in Kent and went to work for a
commercial landscaping firm (on occasion driving a 6 tonne, forward tipping dumper!) before
nature called me deeper into learning when I followed an interest in alternative therapy's
and worked for a herbal medicine company, assisting in making herbal tinctures whilst
qualifying as a Reflexologist at the Oxford School of Reflexology in 2002. I worked for several
years mentoring young people through the fundraising process, for volunteering projects
in the developing world across Africa and Asia with a gap year organisation before setting out
my own stall in freelance work.