I am Ruth, the founder and owner of Fruits of the Forest. I have grown up in Stourbridge and spent most of my working life in and around the area. I am married to David and we have 3 girls, Katherine, Anna and Martha and a mad springer spaniel called Keith!
My background in nursing, working as a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor. I have also worked in Public Health for Healthy Schools as a childhood obesity specialist. I therefore have much experience of working with children, their families and schools. I have been a school governor at Pedmore CE Primary school for 10 years.
I qualified as a Forest School leader in 2014, having always been passionate about getting children outside, keeping active and learning, whilst having fun.
Keeping active is really important to me, and I am a keen runner and cyclist. Over the years I have cycled from London to Paris, cycled the Coast to Coast path and recently completed the Birmingham 100 mile Velo. I am keen to help children to keep active and I am one of the event directors for junior parkrun in Stourbridge.
Supporting charities is another important aspect of my life, raising funds through completing challenges, volunteering or facilitating fundraising. Over the last five years I have supported several local and international charities. I find it empowering to support others and find that getting involved is very inspiring and has an incredible impact on my own mental health and wellbeing.
Take a look at my website and see the services I offer to both schools, children and their families.