Ally is our Project Manager (funded by the Climate Challenge Fund) and is passionate about health and wellbeing. She loves plants, woodlands and learning about the native heritage that is around us every day.
Ally has undertaken significant training in woodland management and orchard care. She is a beekeeper with a Basic Beemaster distinction, 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 in North Lanarkshire. She completed a B.A. and later an MSc from Edinburgh University and recently completed 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 well with friends. She is also a huge fan of Mary Oliver, Brené Brown and Karine Polwart.