Hello from a new team member

Hello I’m Ryan.

I have recently joined Denmark Farm staff team as the new Nature Reserve & Site Volunteer Manager.

I am very excited to be working at such a beautiful site, which has been such an amazing success story for nature and conservation. I’ve been visiting Denmark Farm for over 10 years, either attending Lifelong Learning Ecology courses or bringing my daughter Savannah to Parent & Toddler Forest School sessions. There is even a tree planted in the memory of my daughter’s Great Grandad! I have also been lucky to have run courses from here, from intro to bushcraft to children’s events to our very successful Re-Wild Your DAD’s Father’s Day event. This year I will be running five courses: Introduction to Bushcraft, Bushcraft Overnight, The Ethnobotanist, Ethnobotany Overnight and Re-Wild Your DAD!

Ryan Nature Reserve ManagerAfter graduating with an Ecology Degree from Aberystwyth University in 2016, I went on to discover the Forest School at Denmark Farm back when Woodland Classroom were running sessions here.

Through the discovery of Forest School, my love of nature and my passion to teach, I went on to develop a career in Outdoor Education and set up my own business Knight-Fox Wild About Learning, with my wife Cathryn and our 8 year old daughter Savannah. We are based at The New Quay Honey Farm Woods. We have developed the site to be able to work with all ages and I have worked with some great organisations, such as: Coed Lleol, MIND, DASH, Flying Start & Ray Ceredigion. As well as teaching children and adults about conservation & ecology, I also run workshops in herbal medicine, foraging, bushcraft, and green woodwork.

I am a keen learner involving anything outdoors, so as well as being an Ecologist, I am an Ethnobotanist, Forest School Leader, Bushcraft Instructor, Social Forester and now a very happy Nature Reserve and Volunteer Manager.

In my free time I like to spend time outdoors with my wife and daughter, either on foraging walks, in our garden growing vegetables & plants for herbal medicine, bird watching, whittling, or spending time around a campfire.

Why not come and say hello?. It is such an amazing place to visit, either for a walk, or to attend a course, or why not get in touch about volunteering this year at Denmark Farm.

All the best,

Ryan

Ryan’s first volunteer day on Sunday 9th January. Eleven brave souls battled with brambles, rampant rushes and other invasive growth, in the WET System, to get the willow beds in good shape for coppicing season. With: Ryan back left, then Ant, Paul, Gretchen, Brenda, Lloyd. Front row left to right: Michele and Debbie. Also present were Aline, Rhian and Mara.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This project has been made possible by an award from Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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