In 2004-5 Tim carried out a value-based strategic review of the Forestry Commission’s approach to outdoor play. Two connected ideas were central to the project: that nature, adventure, challenge and even a little danger are part of the essence of woodland sites and make them ideal places for children to play, and that free play is a valuable developmental and learning process for children of all ages.
“Tim helped the Forestry Commission re-awaken our interest in natural play through his insightful consultancy. He created the ‘Growing Adventure’ theme that still runs through our work with children and young people. As well as delivering important outputs; new guidance and standards; new play areas in every region; Growing Adventure also influenced other environmental organisations approach to play including the Woodland Trust and National Trust. Within the Forestry Commission the consultancy is a benchmark in organisational change, Tim’s technique of engaging managers and rangers with their own childhood memories helped to inspire and engage them with nature play in a way that we had not foreseen at the outset. Tim has the ability to communicate with CEOs and rangers, he is a fantastic individual to work with and the Growing Adventure work remains one of the high points of my career with the Forestry Commission.”
Paddy Harrop, Recreation and Public Affairs Manager, Forestry Commission