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We are a committed and highly diverse team

Meet the team

Douglas ward


Douglas Ward is a freelance sound engineer and web developer currently based in Berlin. Having climbed his first mountain at an age of just 6 months, he has a huge passion for anything involving the outdoors and adventure. Doug is keen runner, cyclist, climber and kayaker. He is conscious of how important the wild is, especially in childhood, and interested in the role of free play in development

Claire Plowman


Claire is a qualified mathematics teacher and outdoor instructor. She has a mountain leadership certificate and teaches climbing and kayaking, archery and survival skills. She is a keen cyclist and hill runner. Claire’s biscuits, cakes and puddings are the best. Her particular interest is how learning improves when young people are in a natural environment.

Jonathan Hawkins


Jonathan Hawkins is studying computer science at Bristol University, and in his spare time adventuring all over Europe: climbing, hiking and cycling. Jono is in charge of the Wild Routes infrastructure so that we can keep track of people and projects. His particular interest lies in project organisation to the educational outdoor world.

Aidan Ward


Aidan Ward is a freelance consultant, social entrepreneur and educator. He is a great cook and baker, a kitchen gardener and enthusiast for wild food. His key interest is in how childhood development happens when it is nurtured in the right environment

Our beliefs


Create an environment and community where people can orientate, educate and socialize themselves
Exposure to nature and the wild is a critical and often missing dimension to development
There are critical life skills that are vital for the future of society and the planet that the current education system is blind to
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