Meet ‘Leafy Learners!’
Hi, I’m Rebecca, Founder of Leafy Learners. Many years ago, I started out at Agricultural College studying Conservation and Environmental Studies with Land Management. Fast forward 25 years and I’m also a qualified primary school teacher and Level 3 Forest School Leader with a child of my own 2 dogs and a cat.
I teach in school part-time and split the rest of my week at our permanent site, as well as running nature-based workshops for adults and visiting other educational establishments to deliver sessions.
Most recently I have renewed my first aid qualification and gained my food and hygiene certificate (aimed at cooking outdoors). I belong to the Forest School Association and regularly attend CPD events to keep up to date with forest school ideas and ways of working and learning.
I’ve always been a lover of the outdoors and a believer that when we truly connect with nature, we begin to understand ourselves. I spend a lot of my free time outside, walking with my partner, our blended family, and our dogs. We are often gardening, finding new places to explore, and crafting using natural resources such as wood and fire. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes indoors and outside on the fire.
I love working with children and seeing them explore nature. Seeing them marvel at creatures under rocks, birds in the trees, or tracks on the ground. Smiley little faces as they take risks, make friends and problem solve is why I do what I do and help them to walk with wonder!
You may meet Clayton, who is a horticulturist and gardener. From his 25 years of experience working outside, he has extensive knowledge of trees, plants, flowers, and especially birdlife. He is great at helping us rig up the hammock and ropes!
We are sometimes joined by Harriet, who began volunteering with Leafy Learners in September 2020 and has become invaluable to us! Her enthusiasm is just what I needed during the tough times of the restrictions due to the virus. She also volunteers at a nursery and has recently completed her Level 3 Forest School training.