Originally an archaeologist, Nicky worked in heritage education before moving across to the world of Outdoor Learning. She holds certificates in Horticulture and Forest Bathing, and is a Level 3 Forest School Leader. Nicky works with a wide range of groups, inspiring them to love the great outdoors as much as she does! Nicky is fascinated in the power nature has to heal and create a sense of calm and wellbeing. As an archaeologist, she believes that there is nothing more special and unifying than sitting around a fire with others, telling stories, sharing food, making connections – just as we have done for thousands of years.
Romilly has lived and worked with animals and plants her whole life. She is a leading expert in natural dyes and ancient uses of plants, with a degree in botany and Masters’s in archaeology. She has a passion for sharing herb lore, hidden histories of landscapes, traditional crafts and skills. She has a flock of primitive breed sheep which are kept for their fleeces, therapeutic connection, and conservation grazing on Hardwick Estate around Path Hill Outdoors.
Selina has worked as an ecologist, Forest School Leader, and Forest Bathing guide for 25 years. She has also run a sewing business for over a decade, using repurposed and upcycled fabrics and materials wherever possible. She loves working with people of all ages from toddlers to adults, introducing them to nature, wildlife, bushcraft, and craft. Selina believes there is no better place to learn than within the natural environment as when you experience nature and the environment you learn to value it. It is also a great place to develop core life skills such as resilience, flexibility, independent learning, teamwork, confidence, and reflection.
Dawn has been involved in the outdoors since an early age, taking part in cadets and duke of Edinburgh schemes as a teenager. After a stint in the corporate world and then several years being a full-time mum, Dawn followed her passion to the mountains and qualified as a mountain leader. She also spent 7 years as part of the local search and rescue team. When not in the mountains, Dawn is often found wild swimming or paddling and whiling away evenings around the campfire.
Mark’s mum was a teacher and his dad was an outdoor enthusiast. It was inevitable that Mark would combine these two childhood influences and become an environmental educator. He worked across the USA, in the New Forest and South London running environmental programmes for young people and sharing his love for nature. Mark has been at Path Hill from the start. He will be leading the 24-hour Charcoal Making sessions.
Alex started working in education as an English teacher in Paris, on returning to England he trained as a maths teacher and, after qualifying, specialised in the SEN sector. As a keen hiker, forager and camper, it seemed an obvious choice to join Path Hill, where he works as a 1 to 1 instructor. He can often be found engaging students in woodwork, whittling and basic bushcraft. Outside of work Alex makes and plays cigar box guitars, and enjoys cooking.
Molly has been supporting people to enjoy the outdoors, both the woods and the mountains, for over 10 years. She is a qualified Mountain Leader and has experience of leading multiday expeditions across the UK including Dartmoor, the Yorkshire Dales, and the highlands of Scotland. She also has many years of experience leading people down caves and potholes. She is currently studying to be a play therapist and hopes to be able to take this work into the woods upon qualification. There is nothing she loves more than a glass of wine around a campfire, after a long day on the hill.