Ian Rose has a life long interest in most aspects of natural history, travelling the world to study flowers, animals and insects. He leads fungus forays in the autumn and lectures on mushrooms and toadstools with advice on edibility.
He has an extensive library of natural history photographs, many of which have been published in books and magazines. He was part of the recording and publication team for "The Butterflies of Colchester and North East Essex", and also for the "Wild Flowers of North East Essex". He tutored natural history courses for the WEA for ten years.
Jude Greenan is a qualified medical herbalist (BSc Hons Herbal Medicine) with many years of clinical and practical experience. Her professional training in plant medicine is comprehensive: from botany to pharmacology; research methods to material medica. Jude also has a certificate in permaculture design and training in biodynamic gardening. She brings her in-depth Shamanic knowledge and experience to the plant teaching in a grounded and practical way.
Neil comes from a long line of East Anglian countrymen who have worked the fields, woods, game coverts and brick-yards of the Essex / Suffolk border for many generations.
Most of Neil’s working life has been as a tree-work contractor and many of the woods and hedges of the local countryside are of his planting. He now works as Landscape and Biodiversity Officer for the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project, a responsibility which extends along the valley from it’s source to the sea.
His days are mostly still spent out in the countryside, perhaps building an Otter holt, ringing a clutch of young Barn- owls, or advising land- owners on conservation matters.
He has an overwhelming passion for all aspects of country life, past and present, with an ever-growing collection of old artefacts and curiosities, gleaned from the local area. With a gentle twist of the arm he can be persuaded to dig up an old folk song or a suitable tale to illustrate a point.