Tom Forward

Tom Forward

Tom is Education Coordinator for the Commonwork Trust at Bore Place, a charity based on a 500 acre organic dairy farm in Kent, which is committed to finding sustainable solutions in farming, food and education. With a lifelong passion for watching wildlife and a degree in Environmental Management, Tom has spent 15 years working to inspire people to enjoy, learn about and care for our natural world through roles with the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary in Kerala, India, the Field Studies Council in Suffolk and, more recently, the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Birds are his speciality, and he has a knack for mimicking calls and songs, but he is prone to getting just as excited about a dark-edged bee-fly or open-grown oak as he is about catching sight of a red kite or tuning into the song of a nightingale.

"Since I first encountered the Knepp Wildland project as a volunteer in 2009 I’ve been thrilled to see how this visionary project has challenged received wisdoms about working the land and wildlife conservation. The feeling you experience when exploring the Estate is one of a riot of abundance. A visit to Knepp will always leave you wanting more wild in your life."