With over thirty years of experience between them, the directors at I Love Nature have worked with numerous organisations and charities both in the UK and USA, delivering projects, training and consultancy around connecting people to nature.
A research psychologist with Plymouth University, Amanda is interested in the health and well-being benefits of spending time in nature. The research for her doctoral thesis is concerned with exploring the reasons why natural environments are beneficial for cognitive functioning.
As well as overseeing research at I Love Nature, Amanda demonstrates her passion for plants by growing and cultivating much of what you see on site. Over time she intends to develop a forest garden and use this as a base for nature and well-being activities. She has a particular interest in nutritional health, especially how fermented vegetables can contribute to healthy immune systems.
As well as codirecting ‘I Love Nature’, Phil is also a doctoral student at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH), University of Exeter Medical School, and was formerly the Play Project Coordinator at the Eden project, where he had the dubious title of playboy! A playworker with an interest in children’s fiction and a career of over 20 years working in various children’s environments, Phil is conducting research into ways that story can be used to engage children's interest in nature (see Narrative Journey in the 'Projects' section). He is a keen writer, filmmaker and story-maker, and enjoys bringing these elements together in his work with children, families and professionals.