Ally is our Project Manager (funded by theClimate Challenge Fund) and is passionate about health and wellbeing. She loves woodlands and learning about the native heritage that is around us every day.
She completed a B.A. and later an MSc from Edinburgh University and has undertaken significant training in woodland management and orchard care. She is a beekeeper with a Basic Beemaster distinction. She also completed a 6 month training course in Organic Orchard Care and Maintenance as well as ILM Level 2 in (Orchard) Business through Elmwood College. Ally trained in silviculture, tree identification and bird, bat & badger habitat identification. She is a fully qualified ground based chainsaw operator (small, medium- large & windblown trees) and spent a year providing practical training and support working as a woodland manager in an employability partnership project with Central Scotland Green Network Trust and North Lanarkshire Council based at a Country Park in Cumbernauld directly managing a team.
Ally is currently undertaking a MSc Gastronomy at Queen Margaret University- check out what that looks like here. At the moment, Ally is writing the long-term forest plan for Beechbrae Wood and is working to map a biodiversity baseline in the wood. She an orchard consultant for fruit tree owners and has training in Permaculture principles including forest gardening, coppicing and holistic woodland management. Ally is trained to lead and deliver Branching Out programmes as a Branching Out Ranger with the Forestry Commission.
She enjoys sunshine and all things warm, being encircled by green, and is passionate about hands on & practical learning and education. She is a dreamer and works hard to see those dreams realized. Ally enjoys photography which can be seen on the blog. She also enjoys foraging, home brewing and eating with friends. She is also a huge fan of Mary Oliver, Brené Brown and Karine Polwart.