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We are Clair & Scott - a couple who felt compelled to change career paths after reading Richard Louv`s book - "Last Child in the Woods -Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder". This ground-breaking book reveals that today's generations are the first in the history of mankind, who have not had nature as an integral part of their childhood - the results are catastrophic. We felt we had to do something to address this worrying issue; so we threw caution to the wind by pooling our resources and skills, re-trained, qualified and the rest is history so to speak. Our personal principles are moral, ethical and environmental and we are doing this because when we personally leave this planet, we want to know that we will have `made a positive difference to the lives of many` - with the ripple effect going much much further.  

Clair Hobson & Scott Woolsgrove

Scott has achieved the NCFE Advanced Bushcraft Instructor Programme for the Outdoor Industry covering Natural History, Bushcraft & Survival Skills, Woodland Crafts, Bushcraft Leadership and Instruction with John Rhyder of Woodcraft School. Scott is also qualified as a Level 3 Forest School Leader and OCN trainer together with being a GNAS Archery Leader to complement his existing qualifications as Basic Expedition Leader, Remote Response and Paediatric First Aid; Food Hygiene certificates. Scott also holds the NPTC 30 & 31 Chainsaw Operators Certificates and is accomplished at many garden and home maintenance trades.

Scott is also an accomplished knifesmith, designing and creating stunning hand crafted, high quality bespoke bushcraft knives.

Clair is a qualified Adult Education Lecturer & Trainer; Level 3 Forest School Leader and Forest School trainer.

Clair has led the working group (Clair Hobson, Sarah Lawful, Lily Horseman, Jon Cree, Linda McDonnell) in every step of the consultation for the new suite of national Forest School qualifications - consulting also with members of the Forest School Training Network, The FSA and the Open College Network West Midlands. These new units were approved by the Forest School Association & went live in January 2018.  This in depth process has given Clair the full working knowledge of the requirements for our delivery of the nationally recognised Forest School qualification training and assessment process, as well as the comprehensive indicative training content.

Clair was a founding voluntary Board Director (now retired) of the Forest School Association, having previously spent a total of 4 and a half years in the development of the FSA, as an Executive Committee member of the IOL Forest School Special Interest Group. Clair also regularly speaks at conferences & events on the philosophy and ethos of Forest School.  Keen to network the Forest School community together across the county Clair was the founding Chair of the FSA Kent & Medway local group.

We are regularly joined by guest instructors chosen for their skill and expertise:

Seb Cronin joins us our dedicated specialist Outdoor First Aid instructor, who works as a freelance trainer with C J Training Solutions Ltd who are specialists in Outdoor First Aid and many other areas of First Aid.  The company are one of the first in the country to be involved with the delivery of the new QNUK Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (RQF) which was written by and tailored for Forest School Leaders and Outdoor Education professionals.

Seb has a vast experience in Outdoor First Aid with 20 years of training first aid as well as practical hands on experience as the current lead Medical Support Officer for the Kent ACF plus attending outdoor equestrian events leading the First Aid teams.

Sarah Blake is our dedicated Outdoor Food Safety trainer.  Sarah has been training in Food Safety for 26 years and specialises in `Food Safety in the Outdoors` with a programme she developed initially with Lantra Awards.  With this wealth of experience, Sarah offers a fantastic day training you for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering with the emphasis on outdoor food preparation, storage and safety.