Meet The Team
Rose is the ring leader of Wheatfen Forest School. She is a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner, a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and holds an OCN Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors qualification. Her passion for working with children in the outdoors began at the Little People’s Montessori Nursery in Norwich in 2008. She has a life-long love of nature which she likes to share with anyone who will listen. At Forest School she is known as Rose Robin.
Lisa is a qualified, experienced teacher, who has taken the leap to transfer her skills into the woods! She is now a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification, here in Norfolk. Lisa is fascinated about the positive difference that the outdoors makes to our future generations; and enjoys sharing the children’s individual journeys and learning paths through the woods…. Lisa is ‘Lisa Lark’ at Forest School.
Amy is an experienced Primary School Teacher and Level 3 Forest School Practitioner. She is passionate about working with children and families and values the positive effects of being out in nature. Amy is committed to her continued professional development and enjoys attending training to extend her Forest School skills. She is Mum to 2 adventure loving children and loves jumping in muddy puddles and wild swimming. Small and mighty, and highly organised! – at Forest School she goes by the name of Amy Ant.
Inger is an experienced primary school teacher who recently qualified as a Forest School Level 3 leader. She is a mother of three teenagers and has plenty of experience negotiating between the magnetic forces of technology and the wonders of the natural world!
Inger got involved in creative outdoor education whilst working at a Rudolf Steiner school for children with special educational needs. Being Danish, her interest in Forest School education was already underpinned by her own learning and belief in the benefits of creative play in nature, for all ages!
When not in the woods, Inger loves rowing on the river or going for a jog with her black Labrador. This summer she camped under canvas in the Canadian wilderness among actual bears!
Christina is a Level 3 Forest School Leader, arts facilitator, archery and paddleboard instructor. She is passionate about sustainability. She keeps an allotment in Swaffham, and lived off-grid in a hut for 3 years. Her career has included leading educational activities at The Green Britain Centre and working at Nurture by Nature Forest School for 4 years.
Often found in a tree, possibly hanging out of it making monkey noises, Christina is in touch with her inner child. She loves all things outdoors from whittling to wild swimming come rain or shine. If you see her by a puddle you’ll understand why, at Forest School, she’s known as Muddy Pixie.
Judy is a qualified primary school teacher, trainee Forest School Leader and musician who lives in Surlingham. When she is not working in local schools or in the forest she spends all her spare time in nature. She can be found early in the morning, strumming her guitar to the marsh harriers at St Saviours or out on her rowing boat at Surlingham Broad. She loves swimming -which is why her Forest School name is Judy Otter.
Ollie is a level 2 Forest School Assistant and is excited by the many benefits that being outdoors can bring to people of all ages. He is passionate about helping young people to experience the natural world. Ollie runs a youth group for young asylum seekers and refugees in Norfolk and also has a PhD in polar oceanography. He loves cycling, camping, swimming, surfing and growing food.
Jo has been with Wheatfen Forest School from the outset, using her creativity, flair and nurturing skills at Tiny Acorns toddler group. She has a diploma in childcare. She has worked with preschool children for 6 years, and now also works in a secondary school. She is soon to complete her Level 2 Forest School Practitioner qualification. She loves children, nature and animals, and brings sunshine wherever she goes. Perhaps that’s why her Forest School name is Johanna Sunbird.
Lisa is a qualified Level 2 Forest School Assistant who helps to run our Saturday Forest School and Young Explorers groups. Supporting children to master practical skills and listening to them, as if to the grass growing, are her forte. Her wide-ranging knowledge of plants always comes in handy. Her Forest School name is Lisa Leveret.
Every session is run by staff with appropriate Forest School, first aid and safeguarding training and DBS checks.
Wheatfen Broad in Surlingham is both the inspiration and main location for Wheatfen Forest School.
For forty years Ted Ellis, the well-known writer and broadcaster, lived here and devoted his lifetime to natural history. He was one of the great characters of East Anglia and had the ability to communicate his enthusiasm to everyone.
Phyllis Ellis, his wife, was passionate about conservation and environmental education, often taking parties of school children around the fen. She had an adventurous spirit and was awarded an MBE for Services to Nature Conservation in 1996 aged 83 (shortly before she took up abseiling).
Wheatfen Forest School was established by their granddaughter, Rose Hoare, in 2015. Rose hopes to carry on the family legacy by inspiring a new generation of naturalists and conservationists through Forest School.
Wheatfen Broad is also home to the Ted Ellis Trust Nature Reserve, which was founded in Ted’s memory. This strange, primitive area is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is one of the last tidal marshes of the Yare Valley. The Trust aims to preserve its rich and fragile ecology, and to keep this land and its wildlife accessible for the enjoyment and education of all.
Wheatfen Forest School CIC is a community interest company limited by guarantee. Company number 10533599.
Wheatfen Forest School CIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise.