Happy Habitats Aims and Ethos
Our main objective at Happy Habitats is to enhance the experience of the natural world, creating the interest to coexist with nature to enjoy & appreciate for the rest of our lives. We believe that understanding the importance of nature and its resources from a young age will help shape the much-needed environmental attitudes of the future.
We want to help fuel the imagination, help a child to become resourceful and confident, strong enough to overcome obstacles and discover what makes them truly happy. The complex natural environment is an essential component to learning how to be dynamic in the real world and achieve our goals. Making a simple tool from a piece of wood is not only creative but helps us appreciate the value of the things we take for granted.
"The freedom of natural play"
Forest Schools connection to nature replaces what a well-meaning society, over time has discouraged. Compared to previous generations, circumstances caused by stranger danger, blame/claim culture & traffic safety to name a few. Simple activities such as walking to school & outdoor play has fallen dramatically in recent decades. The solution lies within Forest School
Why we are here
Angie and Nigel found each other in 2016 and it was all about trees from the beginning. Its why they grow stronger together. With Angie’s love of the Carpathian forests, expertise in “leave no trace” experiences and her ideals in coexisting with nature, meeting Nigel with 30 years’ experience in arboriculture, is where their journey began.
The Forest School revelation came after being so fraught by the natural world being constantly degraded by human activities such as deforestation and development. They decided to buy a woodland in the heart of Cornwall to manage it for wildlife habitat. It was now time to share their findings with future generations in the most positive ways possible: - Forest School with all its essential benefits for a healthy natural childhood. In turn we fully appreciate & understand how the natural environment is an essential component to human & other species survival.
It was important for Angie to be trained in this field by an FSA endorsed trainer, Richard Irvine Outdoor Learning was just the ticket!
Angie grew up in the adventure sports industry and later became an expedition guide in Arctic Norway & the Carpathians, Co-created multi activity expeditions with all risk assessments & emergency procedures for the natural & sometimes hostile environments.
Now running two environmental companies, Angie is responsible for the holistic approach to environmental management. With Nigel’s arboricultural experience, they are now managing woodlands for the benefit of biodiversity, for clients such as the National Trust.
Nigel is a qualified climbing arborist & consultant with a degree in Environmental Science. Although he plays just a supporting role at Forest School, he has bought up 3 children single-handledly & quite simply, the most kind & generous person Angie knows.