Ruth Staples-Rolfe
Senior Project Officer for England

“My best days are always the goose bumpy days, when you hear how a Learning through Landscapes Project has changed a young persons life.”

About Ruth

When did you start working for LtL and what does your job involve?

LtL took me on in July 2008.

I am focused on our European Erasmus wildlife projects at the moment but have had a mixed range of projects and training delivery work at Learning through Landscapes. I guess the Our South Downs project and Polli:Nation development and delivery have been the biggest recently. But when I started my role was just training from early years professional to secondary school teachers, to Landscape architects and forest school leaders.

The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?

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I am a trained teacher who taught primary before I managed an education centre with the Wildlife Trusts for 7 years this is what enables me to empathise and support teachers who are working in the classroom.

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I was taught at home for part of my primary education this meant I got to go on trips everyday. My siblings and myself all went on to successful post graduate careers and we are thankful for the time we were given outdoors. As a mother and teacher I can get very frustrated at the lack of time schools are able to find to get outdoors.

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I live on a working farm and this helps me stay grounded and in contact with nature I love my walking, wildlife watching, horses, dogs and my garden.

Ruth’s LtL Experience

What has been your best day at LtL and why?

My best days are always the goose bumpy days, when you hear how a Learning through Landscapes Project has changed a young persons life. The child who hadn’t spoken out before; the child who became animated and motivated to learn; the child who found a smile or learnt how to play again.

Why a butterfly?

I am at my happiest outdoors. I don’t need a lot but I do need nature and for me I can make an activity and lesson based on the awe and wonder of our natural world. We sometimes over complicate our lives and I am increasingly realising that the most important thing is to make the most of where you are and who we are with now.

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