Woodland Learning was set up in 2006 by Ruth Parsons. Ruth has worked in environmental education for over 25 years and loves it more than ever!

She began with a BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) working holiday in 1981 and got hooked! She has a BTEC HND Conservation Management; BSc Hons Ecology; Level 3 Forest School Leaders award and Level 4 Forest School Trainers award; C&G 3730 Teaching Adults; Certificate in Child Protection and a current First Aid certificate. Ruth loves growing vegetables and has twice won the Swindon Allotment and Leisure Gardens prize for best School Grounds.

Most importantly she has lots of experience of helping people of all ages to enjoy being outside and connecting with nature and the world and communities we live in.  She endeavours to work along the principals of permaculture. She has worked for CVNI (Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland); The Great Western Community Forest; Roves Farm; National Trails; The Northmoor Trust and for the longest period of time Woodland Learning. All of these positions have been in an educational role.

Ruth loves being outside and sharing the experience with others, every day (except office days!) work is a pleasure. Her enthusiasm shines through. She lives in an eco-house in the Cotswolds with her husband where they enjoy gardening, walks and bike rides and going to the local pub with friends.

Woodland Learning has now become a Ltd. Company registration number 8007543. Woodland Learning has £5,000,000 public liability insurance. Ruth Parsons has a Swindon Borough Council enhanced CRB check.

Ruth’s lovely nephew Simon helps to look after this web site.



Woodland Learning Data Protection Policy and Procedures.


Woodland Learning will do everything possible to protect the privacy of clients, partners and suppliers.



Training for Adults

Personal data of adults on training courses will only be kept for the duration of the course.  It will be kept electronically and will be password protected.  It will be shared only with partners running the course, e.g. Swindon Borough Council, Lechlade Craft Barn, Westonbirt Arboretum where relevant to that course   It will also be shared with the awarding body, Open College Network West Midlands, where relevant. .  Once it is passed on that organisations Data Protection Policy comes into play.  Once the course is complete data will be removed and destroyed.  A paper copy of data will be used on outdoor events with no internet coverage in case of emergencies.  This will be shredded after the event.  Pupils data will never be passed on for marketing purposes. Pupils will never be contacted by Woodland Learning again.  If they wish to hear about future training courses they will have to follow Woodland Learning on Facebook or look at the web site.


Schools will only be contacted where relevant for project management purposes and day to day working.  Schools will not be contacted directly with any marketing for training or services.  Courses will be advertised through newsletters and magazines, networking meetings, Facebook and via my web site.

School pupils

All observations and recording of pupils’ progress will be carried out in partnership with teachers in that schools system.  The records will be kept at school.  No personal information about pupils will be in the possession of Woodland Learning.  Paper registers will be used outside where there is no internet access.  Only the pupils “Secret names” will be used.  These will be kept in a secure place at school.  They will be shredded when a new register is made.


Suppliers details will only be passed on with their permission.