Meet the team
Falmouth Forest School is now merged with Boot Up Outdoor Learning
Please see http://www.bootup.org.uk
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 it is today. Jane holds a BA(Hons) in Heritage Interpretation and Visual Arts and a Masters in Contemporary Visual Arts from Falmouth University. She also has a PGCE and a L3 Forest School Leadership qualification and loves the mixture of teaching by ‘learning by doing’ and ‘learning in the outdoors’. Jane is a practising artist, enjoys walks on wild Cornish beaches, reading, music and anything to do with the Countryside and is involved in community arts projects across the South West.
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 Environmental Science and has a keen interest in the environment and wildlife. Hannah is also a L3 Forest School Leader having qualified in 2014. Hannah also holds catering qualifications and acts as head chef when cooking is on the agenda at Boot Up! Hannah is a keen photographer having undertaken trips to the Redwoods in California and Austria to name a few and is interested in environmental issues. She enjoys walking, beaches & cliff walks, reading and crafts such as willow weaving and sewing.
Craftsman & designer
Joel is one of out visiting artists, being a designer and craftsman specialising in woodwork. He runs a business, Studio Haran with his wife Helena designing and making furniture. His role at Boot Up is to come over occasionally to run workshops in the art of wood craft, using traditional tools and equipment.
Joel comes from a big family and loves spending time with people, he is very patient and a good role model for the younger generation.
When Joel is not in the workshop he loves surfing in the beautiful Cornish ocean and cooking great food in his pizza oven. He is a recent graduate of sustainable product design at Falmouth University, as much as he enjoys learning he is always keen to pass his knowledge onto others.
Ceramicist and 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 craft, from weaving to woodwork. She is currently learning the craft of ceramics and is hoping to teach her skills to others in the near future.
Helena is one of our visiting artists and often runs pottery sessions for us, both slab building and on the potters’ wheel. She has been part of Boot Up for over 5 years and loves spending time teaching and learning. Whilst there she helps with craft, woodwork and gardening workshops, she has a big heart with a lot of time and care to give to everyone who visits.
Bracken and Rosie the Boot Up! Dogs
Bracken is a border terrier and is the cuddliest member of our team! Bracken bites holes in watering cans which makes watering rather challenging!
Rosie is a border terrier and loves the freedom of Boot Up, chasing rabbits and digging holes. She is also partial to everyone else’s dinner so watch out!
Green Woodsman and Green Woodworker
As well as managing a number of woodlands locally, Tom is an adviser and visiting practitioner 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 used around the site. His passion is grounded in the appreciation of the process rather than product although the end products turn out pretty nice too! Tom also teaches the Woodland Environment modules on our L3 Forest School Practitioners Leadership Award.
He’s often accompanied by Rhubarb his dog, who’s role at Boot Up! is his only claim to being a working dog.
Jo has worked on projects 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 and she has currently designed and is working on The Barn, our new indoor workshop facility. Jo has a degree in 3D design and worked on the construction of the Eden Project Biomes using high ropes and climbing gear. She has also sailed the Antarctic and was part of the team who developed the Eco-Park at Mount Pleasant, Porthtowan. Jo has two small children who love it at Boot Up! and come to work with Mum, but when they are asleep she likes reading and making things. Jo is a true creative!
Gabe works at Boot Up on various projects around the site and is currently working on the new Boot Up Barn, our new indoor workshop facility. Gabe is a great friend to all and can turn his hand to all sorts of wonderful things.
Gabe has been accompanying one of our young people to the Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary and enjoys his time with the donkeys.