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Meet The Team

Danny English

 

Founder

 

Outdoor Education Specialist

 

A passionate advocate of Outdoor Learning and  Experiential Education, Danny has been working in this field for over 17 years. A first class Outdoor Education graduate,   child and adolescent counsellor,  Forest School Level 3 Leader,  Forest School Trainer, Storyteller & Children's Author, Danny believes wholeheartedly in the power of Outdoor Education.

 

He gained valuable experince working in the USA working at Interlocken Centre for Experiential Education where he became Director.  He has since worked in numerous countries developing strong teams, bringing communities together and reconnecting people with themselves, each other and the world around them.

 

Danny has experience working with a large variety of people ranging from young pre-school children, corporate workforces and the elderly to  other marginalised and vulnerable groups. He has experience with both ‘one to one’ mentoring and leading groups of over 200 people.

AnneMarie Trevena

 

Artist

 

Childrens Yoga Instructor 

Annie has a  long standing history of working with children from a myriad of backgrounds including volunteering with disabled children from the age of 14. She's a qualified youth worker, Secondary School Teacher, Children’s Mindfulness and Yoga teacher and is Steiner School Trained.

 

She has a degree in Contemporary Art with German which inspired her to Steiner Train and follow the approach of interconnected learning. She went on to teach Art and Photography in mainstream secondary schools (11-18yrs) for eight years and as an outreach Arts teacher to the Primary sector and EBD units of the locality.  An extremely skilled practitioner Annie has worked on a vareity of projects form Comunity Art Exhbits to theraputic art workshops. 

 

In Annies spare time she likes to run marathons, rock climb, practice yoga and spend as much time as possible in the Great Outdoors.

Allison Graham

 

Fine Artist

 

Allison swapped the corporate lifestyle of sales and marketing to follow her passion in the creative fine arts. She achieved a Fine Arts degree from Lancaster University and now loves sharing her creative energy in the woods with adults and children.

 

Allison's artisitc talents spread throughout a number of disciplines from sculpture to collage. A great believer of upcycling and reusing her work also has an environmentally friendly component to it.

 

 When she isn't in the woods making dream catchers, nature sculptures or mosaics Alison can be found caravanning in the hills, camping at festivals and peacefully cruising the canals in a long boat.

 

Allison is a fun and exhuberant character who is excited to work with children and adults passing on her love of nature and art.

Jess Halsey

Forest School Trainee

Bushcraft Instructor

Jess found her love for outdoor learning whilst studying Primary Teaching at Liverpool Hope.

 

She graduated as a Teacher in 2016 and started working as a freelancer for a number of different projects that all had a large focus on encouraging children into the outdoors. 

 

Jess soon discovered that she loved climbing, kayaking and climbing mountains, for the thrill, the joy and the love of being in outdoors surrounded by nature.

She is currently working towards becoming a level 3 Forest school leader whilst completing her NQT year so she can become a full-time Forest leader. 

When in the woods she is either loves jumping in puddles, climbing trees and searching for frogs in the log piles!

Clare Igoe 

Forest School Leader

Outdoor Educator

 

 

Clare is a freelance outdoor education instructor with many years experience delivering a wide variety of outdoor adventurous activities to young people and adults.

 

Her skills, qualifications and enthusiasm have seen her working in a range of outdoor environments: mountains, rivers, forests and even underground!

 

Clare can also be found in the woods working with the children and adults attending CommuniTree, helping them learn new skills and develop new interests.

Clare is great advocate for the benefits of learning outside the classroom, having seen the positive effects that Outdoor Education can have when working on long term projects with young people. This underlies the enthusiasm she brings when supporting young people’s access to the outdoors.

 

In her spare time Clare is still outdoors, walking, biking, climbing and paddling and visiting new places camping in her campervan.

Clare has a wide range of outdoor qualifications and is currently working towards becoming a level 3 Forest School leader.

Rhiannon Mathews

 

Forest School Leader

 

Rhiannon completed her undergraduate and masters degree in Childhood Studies, and first discovered Forest School in one of her second year lectures, she became particularly interested in the Scandinavian education systems and the play based, leaner initiated approach Forest School encourages.

 

Rhiannon is passionate about linking theory to practise and is excited to be working with Communitree.  Rhiannon has 7 years’ experience working with children and adults with learning disabilities, she completed her university dissertations on sensory stimulation and storytelling for people with complex needs. Working with CommuniTree she is able to combine nature experiences and sensory development to make outdoor learning accessible for people with all abilities.

Riley Monaghan

 

Junior Apprentice

 

 

Riley has been coming along to The CommuniTree for 5 years where he has shown a keen interest in the great outdoors and developing his own skills.

 

A year 9 pupil Riley has demonstrated that children should never be judged on age alone. Riley is a very personable, enthusiastic and engaging young man who is capable of not only practising skills but also teaching.

 

Riley often joins us at the weekends to work on birthday parties, and family and community events. In his spare time, he can often be found either mountain biking on the hills, whittling or swinging in his hammock!