Director Pete Carthy grew up in the countryside near Blackpool and describes himself as ‘the champion tree-climber in the local area’. He worked for many years as a primary school teacher, until a CPD training course in Forest Schools made him realise that he could combine his teaching skills with his love of nature and the outdoors.
While still teaching at Niddrie Mill Primary School, he began running Forest School and eco schools projects. He also set up a link with Ukuruni Primary School in Kenya, focusing on curriculum development and skills around gardening, growing food, and the use of energy.
Eventually, he decided that to realise the projects he was passionate about, he would need to set up an environmental charity. With grant support from Scotland UnLtd, BEES became reality in 2008, and has grown and thrived ever since.
Pete is inspired by work and words of John Muir, especially:
‘When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.’
In addition to qualifications in Bushcraft and Forest Schools, he has a BSc in Geology from Sheffield University and a PGCE from Bradford College.