How BroadTree Started
Adam grew up swinging on his chair and fidgetting a lot at school. School reports always said “Adam is a good student, but would be much better if he could sit still and focus”. After school, he spent almost every waking moment outside, riding bicycles, climbing trees, exploring the local nature reserve, and swimming in the local river.
In 2016, Adam fulfilled his desire to understand psychology more by signing up for the Certificate of Therapeutic Mentoring at the Trauma Recovery Centre, Bath, and the idea of changing career into a job where he could have a positive impact on young people was born.
Adam completed the Certificate of Therapeutic Mentoring in 2017, registered BroadTree Ltd as a private limited company and enrolled into a level 3 Forest School training course that August, with an outdoor & paediatric first aid qualification following shortly after.
At the start of 2018, Adam worked with a local Secondary School in Bath, delivering 7 sessions with excellent feedback.
During the 2018 summer holidays, Adam handed in his notice at his engineering job, and ran the first set of holiday sessions. Over 80% of attendees returned for a second session (or more), and the business started to grow. At the end of the year he completed the written elements of the Level 3 qualification.
In 2019 the business continued to grow, running over 50 sessions at two schools. Outside of BroadTree, Adam worked for both Super Pirates and Bath Area Play Project.
In 2020 Adam went full time with BroadTree, running sessions for three local secondary schools, and offered the first 1:1 and family therapeutic groups in response to demand from the local area.
Adam loves reading books and reflecting on sessions to develop his practise, and is grateful to be in a job where he helps children. Plans for the future include employing talented people to enable the business to grow and help more children, as well as a dream of setting up a full time facility where those struggling with the demands of academia can come and experience a mixture of project based learning, a supportive atmosphere, and get the formal qualifications they need for the next stage of their lives.
The need to be outside and move in order to feel truly alive
Level 3 forest school leader
Certificate of Therapeutic Mentoring, TRC Bath
Outdoor First Aid