Asa Gurden, Trustee | The Heart of England Forest

Asa Gurden

Asa is currently the Head of Scout Adventures at The Scouts, a network of outdoor centres that works with over 160,000 people a year.  He has spent over 20 years working in the outdoor sector across commercial and charity sector organisations in a wide range of roles from instructing, product design, training and management.

His passion for the outdoors comes from early engagement with Scouts, a place that so often starts people’s interest in sharing adventures, appreciating nature as well as teaching a myriad of skills for life. Having read about the aspirations of the Heart of England Forest it was a perfect alignment with his core belief that everyone should have access to the natural environment and at least a little bit of adventure.

Asa aims to use his beliefs, skills and experience to help the Heart of England Forest engage people in their work and access the great spaces being developed.

It’s not always about climbing mountains or shooting rapids on a river, the most important thing for me as an outdoor practitioner is that people whatever their abilities or skills get to experience nature and the great outdoors.  All the evidence tells us the being outdoors is good for you both physically and mentally – with this in mind the Heart of England Forest is in a great position to enable more people to access the outdoors now and for many generations to come.”

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