Residential Forest School


Forest School Leaders


We understand that the best way of serving the needs of your group is to combine your existing leaders knowledge of the members of your group with an experienced local leader who can help you make the most of the resources available on the farm and in Brechfa Forest.

We have a selection of leaders available to work with your team.

Matt Oliver Matt Oliver, Senior Instructor brings a lifetime’s interest in Bushcraft and Wilderness skills into his courses and teaching. Matt holds the only UK accredited bushcraft leadership qualification (NCFE) from Plumpton College, East Sussex and is a qualified First Aider and Basic Expedition Leader. He is currently studying for a Diploma in Counselling.

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Josie Coggins brings over 12 years experience working with groups, with particular emphasis on connecting people creatively to their environment. With a PostGraduate Certificate in Emotional Education, her specialism is working with Young People who have emotional and behavioural issues.

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Melissa Holloway has been storytelling to children, teenagers and adults since 2002. She is an experienced workshop leader who uses soul stories and creative techniques to allow participants to discover themselves. She is a craft jeweler and Forest School Leader with a particular interest in Emotional Literacy.

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Maggie Fearn – a specialist in environmental arts, play and creative movement. Innovative and experienced in combining stories with visual arts & play projects, and a Forest School Leader since 2001, she is committed to a child centred and inclusive ethos.