Dr Philip Waters
Creative Director for I Love Nature, Phil's responsibilities include designing programmes that have an element of play, mythology, story and the whittling of a stick!
Having worked with children and young people for nearing 30 years across multiple sectors - education, social care, playwork and community development - Phil brings a wealth of experience and knowledge for supporting the needs of our younger visitors. More recently Phil completed his PhD researching the benefits of live-action stories for engaging children's interest in the natural world.
When not running around the site as Fungus Hedge, Phil can be found building things on site or tapping away at his keyboard writing his debut novel.
Amanda is I Love Nature's Managing Director
She is keen to use her counselling skills to support people therapeutically and help facilitate nature connections. She has a background in psychology with an MSc in Psychological Research Methods and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Her counselling qualifications are mindfulness-based, and she uses these skills to help create a relaxed and welcoming environment.
She runs a series of workshops onsite supporting unpaid carers and is developing a small forest garden area whilst supporting people with mental health conditions. Her alter ego, Bramble Hedge, can often be found supporting Fungus Hedge when working with families, groups and children.
Amanda has been vegan for a number of years and is passionate about plant based cooking. She loves foraging, is enthusiastic about growing perennial vegetables and loves to run. She also works offsite as a mental health support worker and has volunteered for Jeremiah's Journey in Plymouth, helping support families experiencing bereavement.
I am Caz Kelly and I am a police officer. My current role is a Sexual Offence Liaison Officer within CID. This role covers safeguarding duties including alerting other agencies about vulnerable victims and helping them through the difficulties of disclosure. I am an excellent communicator and can listen to what is being said to me and react and adapt to meet people's needs.
As safeguarding lead for I Love Nature, I assist with advice, support and guidance to ensure that all safeguarding needs are met. I help the team implement practices to keep people safe whilst with us on the site. Safeguarding is of paramount importance to me and I am passionate to ensure that we provide a safe, nurturing and caring environment for all who visit.
In my spare time I love being close to nature and would describe myself as an outgoing busy person. I love outdoor pursuits which includes running, cycling and walking my Labrador dog. I am also very creative and love anything to do with arts and crafts. I enjoy spending rainy days in my craft workshop painting and sunny days out in the garden and walking the moorlands. I also enjoy spending quality time with friends and family.
Dr Janice Waters