About / Contact us

Inspiring leadership… A Touch of the Wild was established in 2005 by Hannah Standen – a qualified Teacher and Forest School leader with vast experience in outdoor learning. A Touch of the Wild aims to inspire a life long love of nature using Forest School principles and offers a unique opportunity to experience the natural world through a variety of activities for kids and adults alike.

 A wealth of Forest School experience… The staff members who help Hannah run the various A Touch of the Wild activities are qualified Forest School Leaders (or equivalent) and each have a vast knowledge of the local flora and fauna that inhabit the forest, as well as Greenwood work, Bushcraft, wild food and environmental arts and crafts. Their knowledge and enthusiasm feeds into all our work with children, young people and adults.

We are always looking for volunteers with childcare experience as well as qualified Forest School staff. If you are interested in working with us send a CV and covering letter to info@atouchofthewild.co.uk.

Get in touch!

Email:  We are often out in the woods so the best way to contact us is by email: info@atouchofthewild.co.uk or complete the contact form below and we will be in touch soon.

    Phone: Call the office on 07929 613 284 but please note that we are often out in the woods so may not answer immediately.  If you’re running late for your event, or have an urgent query outside of office hours please call your event leader directly.

    Account Login: If you have booked an event, please log in to your account and read the important documents as they may contain the answer to your query. Trouble logging in to your account/can’t find your username or password? Our confirmation email with your username and password may have gone into your junk or trash folder – please check these and then get in touch if you are still having problems.

    Find Us

    Our secret camp is at Grammarcombe Woods, a beautiful woodland - easy to find, just off the A380, on the Ashcombe Estate Near Exeter. Our camp is just a short level walk from the parking area and offers plenty of free car parking too.

    Our address is Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate, Ashcombe, Exeter, Devon EX7 0QE (nearest postcode). Directions can be found below and we are signposted from Ashcombe roundabout. *Please note that this is not our postal address, if you would like to send post to us, please contact info@atouchofthewild.co.uk for our office address.*

    From Exeter, follow the M5 west and stay on the road as it becomes the A38. At Telegraph Hill, take the left fork road A380 signed to Torquay. Follow the road for about 3 miles and take the left exit signed Teignmouth (B3192). At roundabout turn left signed Ashcombe, follow the road around the bend, in about 500 yards you will see A Touch of the Wild signs at the double gateway on your left. Your Forest School leader will meet you in the car park.

    From Newton Abbot/Torquay, on the A380 towards Exeter, take signs for Ashcombe, Chudleigh. Down slip road take signs for B3192. Go over bridge across dual carriageway. At roundabout go straight over, towards Ashcombe. Follow the road around the bend and in about 500 yards you will see A Touch of the Wild signs at the double gateway on your left. Your Forest School leader will meet you in the car park.

    Health & Safety

    A Touch of the Wild prides itself on the high quality and safety of all the services it offers. All sites used by A Touch of the Wild are fully risk assessed, as are all activities. A Touch of the Wild leaders are Outdoor First Aid qualified and always carry a First Aid kit. All staff are DBS checked, and qualified in managing groups and activities in the outdoors.

    Forest School Leaders

    Hannah Standen (Owner)
    Owner of A Touch of the Wild and qualified teacher Hannah has been inspiring groups in the outdoors since 2005. As a Level 3 Forest School leader Hannah works with all groups from toddler groups to Team building events.

    Hugh Clifford (Freelance Instructor)
    Hugh has spent many years leading groups in the outdoors on the water and in the woods. He also works with School Intervention and as a Youth Mentor. He has a fun loving approach and can be often can found running birthday parties and other activities even at night!

    Beccy Spiers (Freelance Instructor)
    Beccy has been involved in outdoor education for the past 18 years. She is a qualified teacher and level 3 Forest School practitioner and has experience of working with special needs and as a childminder for a number of years. Beccy has worked with us for a few years with Wild Tots and family days and is now one of our Forest Kindergarten lead practitioners. She is enthusiastic and creative and is always coming up with new ideas and activities to enjoy in the woods.

    Lizzie (Freelance Instructor)
    Lizzie has 8 years’ experience in environmental education, having worked with a range of ages at field centres, in primary schools, on nature reserves and at forest nurseries. She is a qualified Level 3 Forest School and Beach School Leader and can often be found in the woods or at the beach. She loves using the natural environment to engage and inspire children and is enjoying putting this into practice as a part of the Wildlings team.

    Clare (Freelance Instructor)
    Clare has worked in environmental education for over 8 years. As well as working with ATOTW she also works as a Forest School Leader with a local primary school. She is a qualified level 3 Forest School Leader with a background in environmental science and sustainability. She loves working with our Wild Tots, education groups, Woodland Adventure Club, birthday parties, and Woodland Explorer Club.

    Katy (Freelance Instructor)
    Katy worked as an outdoor instructor for 10 years before training as a teacher. Now a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader she combines working at ATOTW with her job as Advisory Teacher of the Deaf. You’ll meet Katy at our Wild Tots sessions.