About Us

Who are we?

about-usMy name is Colin Manning and I set up Creative Outdoor Learning in 2013.
After many years working for Local Authorities, I was ready for a new challenge. Fuelled partly by my enjoyment in the education and outdoor learning aspects of my work and the demand from educational establishments for the outdoor learning and grounds improvement service, I created the business.
I am also a Scout Leader, so many of the activities I offer through my business have been tested by Scouts! I keep up to date with the latest developments in Forest School through membership of the Forest School Association http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/

DBS status

We have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service approvals, which are available upon request.

Where do we work?

We are based in Lichfield, Staffordshire and so are well placed to travel throughout the Midlands to work with new clients. If you want to check whether you’re within our range, please get in touch. We work with a wide range of clients including nurseries, Primary schools and Colleges as well as community organisations and networking groups.

Colin Manning – proprietor

I have worked for Local Authorities since the mid 1990’s. I started out as a Ranger undertaking mostly practical works such as fencing, tree planting, path improvements, woodland and grassland management, combined with leading lots of school groups doing pond dipping, mini beast safaris and games!
As my career developed, my role changed and I developed wider management skills, including designing and implementing bigger projects which involved working with contractors. These included path improvements and interpretation works within nature reserves. I also continued with lots of environmental education, undertaking Forest School training and setting up and running an Open College Network Training Centre delivering Forest School training courses to Level 1 and 2, along with the habitat management I originally started with.

My experience is backed up with relevant qualifications which include:

  • Degree in Environmental Studies
  • Royal Forestry Society Certificate in Arboriculture
  • Chartered Institute for Environmental Health Level 3 Risk Assessment
  • Chartered Institute for Environmental Health Level 2 Food Safety
  • National Open College Network Level 3 Forest School Practitioner
  • Outdoor Paediatric First Aid
  • University of Wolverhampton Level 4 Preparing to Teach in the Life-long Learning Sector (PTLLS).
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