I have worked most of my adult life in education at one level or another. Latterly I supported people with literacy issues who had engaged with the criminal justice service. I had a love of the outdoors instilled in me at a very early age and it saddens me to see so many young people seemingly divorced from wild places. This "othering" of the natural world is of great concern and I hope that TreeLink can help people re-engage spiritually, emotionally and practically with nature through planting, championing and learning about trees.
I really enjoy the practical side of conservation work. Following retirement from my career as a university lecturer, I joined BTCV as a volunteer officer, helping to organise groups of volunteers undertaking a wide variety of projects in the outdoors. I have volunteered with Scottish Natural Heritage (now NatureScot) for many years, working on their reserves at Flander’s Moss, Loch Lomond and Blawhorn Moss and I am a volunteer ranger with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. I also help to manage the wildlife garden in my village where we have planted many trees. I hope that TreeLink Stirling will be able to support and encourage many more people to engage with the natural world, both for their own benefit and that of the environment.
I have lived in the Stirling area for over thirty years and studied at the University of Stirling to PhD level. I currently live in Stirling and am a Principal Ecologist / Scotland Ecology Team Leader with a national environmental consultancy. Being an experienced ecologist, I am well aware of the inherent benefits of trees and woodland.
I'm a fine art photographer, living in the wilds of Stirlingshire. I come from a horticultural family and I'm also a community, and environmental / conservation volunteer. I'm keen to see Scotland thrive, culturally and environmentally. I have been looking to get involved with an organisation like TreeLink for ages, and make a positive difference in our landscape.
Judi Legg is Director of Wildside Adventures Ltd & Wildside Designs and has been making UK playable greenspaces for 21 years. Her award winning designs feature in the UK Government ‘Designs for Play’ guide. These demonstrate her interest in children’s engagement and experimentation with authentic materials and natural landscapes, promoting a focus on construction-based inclusive, challenging and non-prescriptive play offers.
From their base at Kilsyth Woodlnd Centre and at satellite woodlands, Judi and the Wildside Adventures team deliver Forest School VQ qualifications (FOLA Awards), CPD staff training in Outdoor Learning, Wild Play and practical Risk Benefit Assessment.
Previous employment has included Creative Director at Grounds for Learning, Community Support Officer at TCV, and Biodiversity Officer at Forth Environment Link.
Prof Alistair Jump FRSB
I'm a professional ecologist working on impacts of environmental change on trees and woodlands and the benefits that they bring to people and places. I've lived in Stirling for the past twelve years and have worked in education, research and consultancy throughout this time across Scotland and the wider world. I've spent much of my professional life seeking to understand the vulnerability of trees to climate change and how we reduce risk to trees and maximise benefit from them. Trees are of fundamental importance to our quality of life and can help us solve many of the environmental problems that we face over the coming decades if we incoorate them into the heart of our planing and decision making.
Paul has lived in Stirling for almost forty years and is now retired after working in education and then in the voluntary sector. After leaving full-time work he was appointed to the boards of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council. He currently sits as a social security tribunal member.
He has a long association with the voluntary sector as a volunteer, a manager, a trustee and grant assessor. This was recognised by the award of an honorary degree by Stirling University in 2014.
I live in Aberfoyle, went to school here then to McLaren high, which has a very large and diverse catchment area.
After leaving school I joined the Forestry Commission and have worked throughout Scotland with the Commission over 24 Years.
In my late twenties I moved to Callander and was a resident there for 20 odd years working at Stirling University then with Action for Children.
My background is administration and accounting, and I love gardening, even the weeds have a place in our world.
On returning to Aberfoyle I joined the Community Council to attempt to make the surrounding environment appealing to my children and to try and inspire the compassion for nature that I feel.
I support and assist where possible community projects that enhance nature and promote nature and diversity.
I would love to see more diversity within our communities as I feel it would promote and encourage wildlife, even a small start of flowering trees within the built up areas of towns and cities.
I have worked in ecology, conservation and outdoor recreation for over 10 years, as well as volunteering with local wildlife groups. During this time I have had roles in the public, private and charity sectors and developed an interest and specialism in invertebrate ecology. I hope that Treelink Stirling can enable communities in Stirling to benefit from becoming better connected to trees, woodlands and other habitats.
After a few years working as a chemical engineer, I retrained in Energy systems and environmental management.
I then worked with the Scottish environment education council followed by several years working with Forth environment link. I was a project officer working with schools and nurseries to develop their outside spaces and to use them for play, learning and teaching. I have been interested for years in improving people's (especially children's) connectedness to their natural environment. I have also volunteered as a master composter and zero waste advisor. I am a trustee with Wildside, an organisation that develops woodland space for play and learning. I am a haphazard gardener, taking care to improve my garden as a habitat for wildlife. I work part-time as a support for learning assistant.
I spent four years studying towards a PhD (unfinished) exploring the health benefits of gardening and therapeutic horticulture. I carried out a study in community gardens across Central Scotland looking at physical and mental health effects from participating in community gardening.
Max Hislop is a Chartered Forester and Social Researcher by training and has worked on social and community dimensions of green infrastructure for nearly 30 years.
Max is the Manager for the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership (a partnership of the 8 Glasgow City Region local authorities and 6 government agencies). He manages a team charged with facilitating delivery of a network of multifunctional green infrastructure across the Glasgow City Region. He has been in this role since 2007, and currently he’s focused on strategic planning for the Green Network through the development of a spatial delivery plan and overcoming problems with green infrastructure delivery mechanisms.
In the early 1990’s he worked with Thames Chase in East London as their first Community Forester. He then became a Social and Community Forestry Project Leader with Forest Research helping to establish a Social Forestry Research Programme.
He lives in Stirling with his wife and two children.