Our Woodland Community

Coaching Collaborators & Locations

Like any great woodland eco system, our community is based on the value of diversity, knowledge and experience that our coaches and collaborators bring to your experience. 

Working with other nature-lovers and well-being advocates we our collaborators bring their own unique style, story and passion for nature to our programmes.


Alongside our tailored programmes we work with organisations to offer bespoke coaching opportunities for staff and culture development, drawing on the skills and services of our collaborators. 

We help you to get to the root of your problem, create new vision and resources and help enhance your well-being. Nature really is nurture. 

Where to grow

Make it Wild- Bank Woods

North Yorkshire 

Bank Woods is Make it Wild’s ‘flagship’ nature reserve.

Here they manage 110 acres entirely for Nature. The habitats include upland grass, thorny scrub with naturally regenerating new woodland, wildflower meadows, streams, ponds, and wet land. Their 20 acres of precious ancient woodland is carpeted with bluebells in early May.

Bank Woods has recently been recognised as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, with over 60 species of wildflower, many of them rare, being identified in the ancient woods. The woods are also home to over 30 nationally recognised notable trees. Many ‘red-listed’ birds also frequent the site. A small herd of Belted Galloway cattle roam, for conservation grazing of the land.

Make it Wild recognise the benefit of trees for biodiversity, and have planted 36,000 trees to date, 7,000 of which are at Bank Woods.

Bank Woods Barn is their brand new state of the art eco-friendly off-grid venue. It is expected to be available from Autumn 2020. Curlew, the fabulous first floor studio space has a vaulted ceiling, balcony, Juliet balcony and fabulous views up the valley. Lapwing is a smaller meeting or break-out room on the ground floor. Finally, Chaffinch, a traditional shepherd’s hut nearby, is ideal for smaller groups.

Meet our collaborators 

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Emlyn Hagan - Coach & Facilitator

About Emlyn

Emlyn has 15 years’ experience supporting people to make positive changes in their lives. For the past 10 years he has been working in voluntary sector mental health services, supporting people with enduring mental health difficulties and challenging life situations to develop positive changes in their work and personal lives. He strongly believe that we all have the capacity to grow, change and achieve with the right support and skills.


Emlyn has taken his own journey with depression, anxiety and social anxiety. He says that he has learnt many things along the way about himself and others. Emlyn’s own personal journey has been very positively impacted by his use of various Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques and the training he has undertaken. Emlyn is calm, friendly, and an excellent listener. One of his key skills is his ability to quickly cut through the layers and get to the key issues for a client, coming up with a set of practical suggestions of ways to move forward.


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 We asked Emlyn, Why Nature?

"Nature has and continues to play a huge part in Emlyn’s own wellbeing, development and work as a personal coach. "I am at my best in nature" and spends his free time camping, cycling, canoeing and walking in nature. Working in nature can be relaxing and grounding, making difficult conversations about difficult subjects easier. Generally, we are more open to learning and change when we are in a calm, relaxed state of mind. This state can often be more easily achieved under the calming influence of the natural environment, as well as the relaxation techniques that Emlyn often uses during sessions."

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Watch this space - we will be uploading more of our collaborator profiles soon!