About Us

Earthwild provides immersive outdoor learning experiences designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and (re)connection with nature.

We offer sessions in Forest School, Beach School, Foraging and Wildcraft for children, families and adults in London and the South East.

We share our expertise in urban outdoor learning and play by providing training and consultancy, accredited by Learning through Landscapes.

Our Mission

Our philosophy is to blend ancient lore and traditional skills, with modern scientific knowledge and innovation, offering people opportunities to develop the deep understanding and creative thinking which will be necessary to tackle the environmental challenges of the future.

The Earthwild team comprises of highly qualified and experienced Forest School Leaders, environmental educators, teachers, artists and gardeners.

Sound good? Join us on one of our outdoor adventures!

About
Gemma

Earthwild was created by Gemma, a Londoner with a lifelong love of the natural world.

Gemma is a qualified Forest School leader and trainer, environmental educator and forager. She has worked in woodlands, nature reserves, urban parks, school grounds and on the River Thames foreshore for 20 years.

Gemma’s interest in environmental issues was initially sparked as a child by the BBC show ‘Blue Peter’ and its coverage of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, acid rain, and saving the Hedgehogs. 

How it all began

Background

Alongside environmental and social justice activism, Gemma completed undergraduate degrees in philosophy and sociology, and a postgraduate masters degree specialising in public understanding of environmental change.

Forest School Trainer

In 2008 she started training as a Forest School leader, taught by the original team who started the Forest School movement in the UK. Ten years later, Gemma began to share her expertise in urban Forest School through her role as a Forest School trainer.

Learning Through Landscapes

In 2020, Gemma became part of the LTL (Learning Through Landscapes) professional network specialising in Transforming Practice. She is accredited in supporting schools to develop and use their outdoor spaces for learning and play.

Botany

Gemma is a keen ethnobotanist and is passionate about wild plants and urban weeds. She has been experimenting with foraged wild foods and herbal remedies for 20 years. She is currently studying Botany and loves introducing people to the fascinating plants growing on the banks of the Thames and in London’s woods and greenspaces.

“The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky”

— Margaret McMillan —

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