I’m Jo, Forest School Leader. The idea behind Heart of the Woods has naturally evolved. Initially, I was interested in woodland management and the effect of its decline over the last few decades. In the course of my work, I witnessed my own children thriving and enjoying the woodland environment. This led to an interest in forest school. I realised that the principles of forest school could be utilised in so many ways and had a direct impact on the health and well-being, self-esteem and social connections of all involved including volunteers, students and the wider community.
We are based in Cubit woods, A 26 acre woodland in Carbis Bay, West Cornwall with an intriguing history and unique topography giving views out across Hayle estuary and the north coast beaches. Cubit woods has many natural features including a diverse range of habitats, glades, hazel coppice, orchard, a lake, pools and stream. Whilst being a hidden treasure it is easily accessible to West Cornwall and with a few miles of the popular St.Ives resort.
From a long background of hospitality and marketing and sits mainly behind the scenes. Lara has a fond passion of education early years whilst being a baby and toddler swim instructor. She spends a lot of the time in the woods with her young family and black Labrador Luna.
Jo grew up in a remote area of Wales, learning about nature and foraging from a young age, Which also inspired a love of outdoor cooking. Now a mum of 3 boys, she has recognised the importance of that connection with nature for all.
Grace is highly trained in early years and primary school education with a great love of the big outdoors. Her creative side brings these two passions together brilliantly. Grace loves going on big walks in the countryside with her dog.