Shared Earth Learning is a not-for-profit co-operative company limited by guarantee (Company no: 9119085)
Our objectives are:
- To enhance local people’s relationship with the natural world, simultaneously developing their personal and social skills and awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability;
- to offer a range of challenges, activities games and tasks to build self-esteem, emotional literacy and social skills outdoors;
- to nurture a love of the natural environment in people, encouraging them to respect and protect the natural spaces within our local community;
- to make our services accessible and affordable;
- to improve community cohesion by working across generations and integrating people from different backgrounds in our programmes.
Alex Hart: Director & Level 3 Forest School Leader
Growing up in the Cornish countryside fuelled my passion for nature and the need to protect it. I’ve gained qualifications in environmental conservation, animal science/care and am currently studying to gain my level 3 forest school leader qualification. I started at Shared Earth Learning helping out with play rangers and have become more involved as my children get older. I want to help as many people as possible build a connection with nature and make forest school accessible to more children.
Ginny Appleton: Level 3 Forest School leader. I grew up on a farm in Suffolk, so have always felt a fundamental connection with nature, and her power to teach and heal. My background is in complementary therapies, but I’ve been interested in outdoor learning for years and qualified as a Level 3 Forest School Leader in 2014.
Shared Earth Learning had been on my radar for a while, and since joining this amazing team of passionate, loving and creative people, I have been assisting with children’s sessions and have recently had the privilege to lead the SELgrow Wellbeing Outdoors group for adults.
This is a wonderful adventure to be on, and I’m proud to be part of a team that celebrates and encourages a love of nature in our community.
I have had the wonderful opportunity to work primarily outdoors for the last 8 years, leading Forest school sessions and facilitating outdoor learning within schools. I am level 3 trained and have specialised in working with children with SEND and incorporating forest school activities and methods within the curriculum, helping them manage within a school setting. I believe it is critical for all children no matter the ability or age to reach their full potential by spending time in the outdoors.
My other interests are spending time in Cornwall with my dog and partner and going for wild walks and cold swims. I also work at festivals facilitating children workshops and making wild jewellery.