Ross began training as  a Forest School Practitioner back in 2004, trained by the guru of Forest School himself, Gordon Woodall.  In 2005 he became the first person in Scotland to qualify through the first training courses to be run in Scotland as a Level 3 Forest School Leader.  In 2006 - 2008 Ross assisted the Forest School Training Company Ltd in the delivery of six Level 3 courses in Scotland as well as two Level 2 Assistant Practitioner courses and two Level 1 Introductory courses.  In 2008 he was commissioned to carry out a Feasibility Study for Forest School in Glasgow on ten woodland parks within the city.  From August 2009 to November 2009 Ross and Janie Steele worked together to manage and deliver two Pilot projects for Forest School  on behalf of the North & West Argyll FEI Cluster Group with Taynuilt Primary School and Kilninver Primary School.

Ross and Janie were also actively involved in the development of Forest School in Argyll & Bute through the establishment of the then North & West Argyll Forest Education Initiative Cluster Group now known as the Argyll & Bute Outdoor & Woodland Learning Group.

In 2014 Ross and Janie delivered an exciting pilot project working with Adult Numeracy and Literacy in a Forest School  setting called WoodWord over 14 weeks.  the project was funded by the Forest Education Initiative.

In 2015 Ross helped to deliver an Outdoor Learning Project for the Argyll & Bute OWL Group by working with two schools in Helensburgh and Rosneath to encourage full staff participation in the delivery of outdoor education.

                            Taynuilt Primary School 2009

Summer’s Day

Taking a leisurely walk around Dunollie Woods.

Finding it breath-taking and taking in the glow off the sun around the trees.

Its’ funny markings that look like faces.

It’s a great place to explore and forget all your worries.

 Gael McQueen (WoodWord).

WoodWord at Dunollie, Oban