Bella Cook is dedicated to empowering children and families through play opportunities and sees the natural environment as the perfect setting in which to explore, reflect and grow. She is an adventure play enthusiast, which has led her to become a Director of Woodland Tribe Community Interest Company, an organisation that promotes and provides adventure play throughout the UK.
Adventure play focuses on freedom and gives children the opportunity to design, build and manipulate their environment, to create their own world in which they freely play and explore. This practice encourages creativity whilst connecting people with nature and highlighting the possibilities nature has for inspiration and inquiry.
In addition, Bella works as Forest Schools leader in a secondary college. In this role she facilitates weekly Forest Schools days throughout the week as part of an intervention process with vulnerable students or students with SEN status. Her work with Year 10 & 11 students focuses around a more formal qualification, a BTEC in Countryside and Environment Management, which is enabled by Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Bella has been working with children and young people for over 10 years, including youth work, playwork and mainstream education, and is passionate about enabling children to grow holistically. When not at work, you will find Bella at her allotment growing veggies, exploring the countryside, or playing about outside with friends and family.