Holly Dabbs is an Early Years teacher and Forest School leader.
Always fascinated by the outdoors, she was hooked by Forest School after being one of the first teachers in the UK to qualify as a Skogsmulle leader. Skogsmulle is a Swedish learning approach for 5-7 yr olds which encourages learning and emotional development in children through storytelling and outdoor play.
This experience led her her to train as a Level 3 Forest School Leader in London. She worked as a practitioner with outdoor nurseries and social enterprises before having her first child . While on maternity leave Foxglove Forest School was born!
Holly started Foxglove Forest school in London but always wanted to return to her home town of Bath. Making the move with her family in 2020 meant she could start making her Forest School impact on the world heritage city.
Holly is the founder of Foxglove Forest School and leads sessions in Bath. You can find out more about her education work in museum, art and heritage settings here.
Anne Marie Kotowicz is a passionate primary school and Early Years music teacher who loves singing, cloud watching and mud pie making. During lockdown she was so inspired watching her toddler flourish in the great outdoors, she decided to train for a Level 3 Forest School leader certificate.
Anne Marie loves exploring the garden at Grow Mayow, watching it change with the seasons and learning about the many different plants growing there.
Anne Marie leads sessions in London.
Jayne Watkins is a passionate artist and qualified teacher. Jayne was inspired by the Forest School ethos as she homeschooled her two young children throughout 2020. As a family, Jayne and her brood had great fun exploring new woods and streams and making fires. As a parent and an educator she saw first hand how nature can have a positive impact on children.
Jayne brings her years of experience in teaching to sessions. She believes in the importance of being outside in all weathers and learning in nature, through play. She has a passion for gardening and growing veg and likes to sing! Her absolute love is art and craft and will weave this into anything she does.
Jayne leads sessions in Bath.
Nikki would always rather be outdoors whatever the weather. She loves the Forest School approach and wishes that it had been in the UK when she was a child. She is particularly interested in getting urban children to experience the joy of Forest School and exploring in a natural environment. Nikki loves birds and will stop in her tracks if she hears the song of one she doesn’t know. She also loves singing and hopes you do, too.
Nikki leads sessions in London.
Ashleigh is an experienced Early Years teacher with particular expertise in creating and developing inspiring outdoor learning environments. She believes passionately in the power of play to enhance children’s well being as well as develop important skills that help children make sense of the world around them: nowhere is this more important than outside! Having watched her own two children explore the outside world, she knows the importance for children to have time to ponder, discover, get messy and hands on and, most crucially, lead their own adventures.
Ashleigh leads sessions in London.
Gus is an actor and writer from South West London. He discovered the joys of the outdoors in his twenties, with his Celtic and Scandinavian ancestry taking him on adventures through Wales, Scotland and Norway. Alongside his acting he works as an outdoor educator with primary school children, running games and teaching bushcraft skills across London. When he’s not at work, Gus can usually be found in a swimming pool, or sipping green tea and eating something chocolatey.
Gus leads sessions in London.
Molly Scanlan is a qualified teacher, parent and tree climber. She likes getting muddy, bird spotting, telling stories and answering questions. Even endless ‘why’ ones! Molly’s outdoor education began as a child as a junior member of the RSPB, later a Sussex Wildlife Trust Youth Ranger, and is always adding to her knowledge, thanks to Iris at Grow Mayow and Google. Did you know worms have no eyes but have five hearts (technically an aortic arch)?
You can meet our lovely leaders when you come along to a Forest School session.