Team members

Joanna Tracey


Traditional Carpenter Jo has worked at Boot Up! since the beginning in 2009. Jo is a traditional carpenter who works with natural materials and was instrumental in building the straw bale, cob and wood classroom at Boot Up! Other construction projects on-site include sheds, a tree house and a greenhouse made from recycled windows. Jo […]

Megan Adams


Forest School Practitioner Having just finished studying Horticulture Megan loves to grow, garden and inspire others to get outside and get their hands dirty. Working both at the Eden Project and more recently for the National Trust, she is passionate about the environment and learning more about the incredible natural world around us. Having grown […]

Tom Kemp


Green Woodsman and Green Woodworker As well as managing a number of woodlands locally, Tom works in our Green wood working section at Boot Up! Having trained at the Green Wood Centre and under various woodsmen he brings his knowledge to assist our young people to turn trees into useful things including benches and ladders […]

Bracken the other Boot Up! Dog


Bracken is a border terrier and is the newest member of our team! Bracken bites holes in watering cans which makes watering rather challenging!

Uist the Boot Up! Dog


 Uist is a collie from the outer Hebridies, who’s role at Boot Up! is his only claim is to being a working dog!

Helena Haran

Helena Haran


Designer Helena is a lover of life and all that nature has to offer. You could find her wandering Cornwall’s coast paths, planting vegetables, cooking and eating her home grown produce or swimming in the sea.  A graduate of Sustainable Product Design and co-owner of Studio Haran she also knows a thing or two about […]

Joel Haran


Craftsman Joel is a designer and craftsman specialising in woodwork. He runs a business called Studio Haran with his wife Helena designing and making furniture. His role at Boot Up is to run workshops in the art of wood craft, using traditional tools and equipment. Joel comes from a big family and loves spending time […]

Natalie Collins


Resident Artist Natalie is an artist based in Cornwall who has enjoyed working with students at Boot Up! for a number of years. Following her graduation from Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth University, Natalie began working on art and craft projects with the students at Boot Up! Projects vary from small scale paintings and sculptures, to […]

Hannah Atkinson


Site Manager & Forest School Leader Hannah comes from a natural history photography background and brings the scientific element to Boot Up! She has a BA(Hons) in Marine & Natural History Photography from Falmouth University as well as a FDSC in Surf Science and Technology. She also undertook a degree course at Exeter University in […]

Jane Atkinson

Jane Atkinson


Operations Manager & Forest School Leader Jane comes from an education background, having worked at schools, colleges and universities across the South West, but she is also renowned for making things lots of fun! Boot Up! Outdoor Learning was devised and facilitated by Jane who has built the project from its humble beginnings to what […]