About Us

Julia Horton-Mansfield

Born, bred and educated in Wales, Julia’s background includes archaeological conservation, heritage and tourism. She was a committee member of the Brecon Beacons National Park, National Trust Wales, Heritage Lottery Fund and Vice-chair of the United Kingdom World Heritage Site Forum. Amongst her TV appearances she recently featured in Countryfile and on the One Show, sitting in a bath of seaweed in a London street…

Julia has won many awards with the Really Wild Festival which she founded in 2003 and with Wild about Pembrokeshire. She has been a finalist in Welsh Women Mean Business Awards in both the Environment and Tourism category, and has won many Restoration and Tourism awards. In her (minimal!) spare time she writes articles, has a column in Plantlife and Pembrokeshire Country Living. She published a light-hearted novel in 2015, ‘Single or Double?’ www.porthcwm.co.uk (sold in aid of Prostate Cancer UK) which is about a whacky town in West Wales, and is currently writing a follow-up. She also has a book called ‘Really Wild Dining’ in the pipe-line…

John Mansfield

A born educator and outdoor specialist, John Mansfield has regularly taken young people into the wildest of environments and taught them how to find and prepare wild foods and develop independence skills. He is keenly aware of the risks and health and safety issues of operating in the natural environments.

He has had 35 years’ experience of teaching all age groups from 2 years to adults, from grammar schools to special schools and into adult education. His particular interests in outdoor pursuits, survival education and expeditions enabled him to raise money for various charities. He has organised and managed activities such as cycling (to 18,500 feet in the Himalayas on mountain bikes), sailing (round Britain in a 15 foot dinghy in 42 days), canoeing (across the major rivers of France and the UK), windsurfing (around the Isle of Wight), coracling (the length of the River Teifi) all in aid of adults and young people with special educational needs or the Leprosy campaign in Nepal..

John has held four headships and finished his career as a Senior Inspector and Ofsted Registered Inspector responsible for Special Education. He has managed the curriculum needs of 25 schools in Berkshire through an Education Action Zone and created a Specialist Sports College. He has helped create an international video conferencing company that linked educational resources from our major universities (including Oxford and Cambridge) to hundreds of schools in the UK and around the world.