About Us

Company No. 8576451

Emily Malik, Director

Biologist, Environmentalist and former Community Support Services Coordinator, where she worked with service users who face complex social problems. Emily has worked extensively with children and young adults in education, and outdoors with all ages. As well as sharing her love of Ecology she likes to add in song, music and yoga.

Also experienced in Tropical Health, Conservation, Logistics, and Project Coordination. Interested in wellbeing as facilitated by engagement with the natural world.

Training / certificates: Biology BSc, Paediatric First Aid, Outdoor Food Safety, Mental Health First Aid, DBS cleared.

Lucy Holland, Director

A Forest School Leader Level 3, and formerly TV producer for HTV,  Lucy works with school groups, adults and young people in developing confidence and skills through outdoor adventures and skills development.

Lucy enjoys a strong connection with animals and the natural world.  She has a passion for horses and she loves riding out across our beautiful Somerset countryside on her horse, Boy.   

Training / certificates: Forest School L3, Paediatric First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, DBS cleared.

Jane Southwell, Non Executive Director

Jane has worked for many years as a Primary School Teacher and an Early Years Consultant for B&NES. She is also Forest School Trained. She is an enthusiastic ambassador for the benefits of outdoor wellbeing and child led learning.

Rowan Wynne-Jones

Rowan is a Forest School leader, youth worker, and teacher.  She has worked extensively with children and young people in outdoor settings, schools and youth hubs.  

Rowan is also a qualified Landscape Architect and community gardener, and enjoys creating wildlife-friendly, edible gardens, and land art.

Forest School First Aid certified, DBS cleared

Owain Jones, Non Executive Director

Owain Jones FGS is a Professor of Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University (UK). He works mainly in cultural geography and has published a number of peer-reviewed research articles in international geography and related social science journals. He has two main areas of research and writing interests; geographies of nature-culture and children’s geographies. Within the former he focuses upon animal geographies,[1] place/landscape/dwelling,[2] and tidalgeographies (and temporal rhythms of landscape).[3]

Huw Griffiths

Huw Griffiths Lic Ac is an experienced meditation teacher and delivers Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). A long term meditator who, for over thirty years has attended many Buddhist based teachings and retreats in support of his own personal practice. Huw is also a Five Element Acupuncturist who has been in practice for over 24 years, experienced within the field of mind/body/health specializing in working with stress related illness. He also loves the outdoors and runs Mindfulness in the Woods courses with EcoWild.

Andy Standivan

After many years working in the local area as a Gardener and in Forest School, as well as roaming the Mendips in her spare time with dogs and children, Andy is a fount of knowledge and creative ideas in the natural world. She is also a member of the Frukes (Frome Ukelele Band), plays flute, and has a BA degree in Music.

DBS cleared

Lorna Brook

When Lorna is not out having fun in the woods with EcoWild she is a Teaching Assistant at St Mary’s school in Timsbury. She is also completing a degree in Early Childhood studies, and has a great understanding of the needs and interests of children. Also a qualified driving instructor and a creative craftswoman; she has many strings to her bow!

DBS cleared.

Supporting evidence for EcoWild’s work
http://wwww.rspb.org.uk/Images/naturalthinking_tcm9-161856.pdf

Evidence for benefits of Green Space on referral in Mental Health services

NHS Scotland and the Forestry Commission:
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/Greenspace.pdf/$FILE/Greenspace.pdf

MIND: Ecotherapy explained:
http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/drugs-and-treatments/ecotherapy/#.VHc_M95KMy5

Importance of wild time for children:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_deficit_disorder
http://projectwildthing.com