Hello, I'm Ruth
I believe in the power of the outdoors to boost health and wellbeing in us all
In 2016 I set up Fruits of the Forest with one clear, simple aim.
To support children and their families to grow in health and happiness.
Fruits of the Forest predominately delivers forest school provision, running sessions for schools during curriculum time as well toddler groups, holiday clubs, parties, family sessions, group sessions and events.
I also run bespoke programmes and offer an introduction to forest school training for teachers and other professionals as well as support local Universities with their teaching training courses.
I worked in the NHS for 28 years, working as a nurse, midwife, health visitor and most recently a public health specialist in schools. This experience helped to gain a real understanding and knowledge of the importance of health and wellbeing being at the heart of everything we do to ensure our full potential.
Being outdoors always brought me such a sense of peace and wellness, and it was this love of nature that led me to qualify as a Level 3 forest school leader in 2013.
I am also proud to to be a qualified therapeutic forest practitioner, first aider and mental health first aider, and I hold a food hygiene qualification.
Aside from forest school, I am passionate about teaching both children and adult to cook. I offer after school cooking clubs for primary schools, which run for 4 weeks where children learn how to prepare 4 healthy recipes which they they take home to enjoy. Plus I am happy to support social prescribing programmes on plot to plate programme for adults.
Keeping children active from an early age I believe is so important for their wellbeing and as part of Accelerate Running Club, I lead Mini Accelerate running club for children aged 4-7 years.
Supporting local charities is also a huge passion of mine, regularly donating to local causes. I also will facilitate any fundraising schools would like to do, working with the children and community to organise events.