Our team

Bec Cork

Bec Cork runs nature-based events in woodlands across the UK, from off-grid family camping weekends to women’s retreats. Bec is first aid trained and an experienced teacher of woodland crafts and activities.

As well as her events, Bec Cork manages the woodland at Tortworth. She founded the Tortworth Forest Centre in 2014 with two aims; to restore the once majestic arboretum, and to open it up to people who will benefit from a connection to nature.

The arboretum is a 20-acre woodland full of native and exotic trees, some hundreds of years old, and it is being restored sustainably with the support of hundreds of volunteers, from all different walks of life. Bec has worked with a number of different groups at Tortworth from adults with addiction, families, youth groups and forest school groups.

Jill Thompson

Jill Thompson has worked (and sometimes lived) in a few woodlands over the years, including Tinkers Bubble woodland community, Leigh Woods and more recently Tortworth Arboretum since early summer this year. She is a qualified Bushcraft instructor and Tree surgeon. Some of her favourite woodland activities are: lighting fires, cooking on the fire and meeting new people round the fire and foraging for all things edible and herbal.

Go Wild Education was founded by inspiring and experienced outdoor educator, Jackie Roby. Jackie is a qualified teacher, forest school leader and trainer, an outdoor first-aider, a skilled environmental educator and has a PGDip in Education.

Jackie Roby
Jackie Roby

Jackie has worked for many of Bristol’s green institutions including the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project, Bristol Zoo and the Wild Place Project.

When she isn’t Forest Schooling, Jackie can be found in the Wye Valley, generally getting muddy and enjoying the countryside.