So Tim, who are you?


Tim Gurney taught for 34 years prior to taking early retirement at the end of 2007. He started his career at a Middle school on the Isle of Wight specialising in maths, science and rural studies.

After 10 years he became the teacher/manager of a very popular farm study centre which attracted around 10,000 children visitors a year. Tim is also a keen horticulturalist and holds a Certificate in Horticulture from the RHS.

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After his first teaching post, Tim was appointed warden/farm manager of a very popular and successful farm study centre on the Isle of Wight. This educational farm attracted over 10,000 children a year with over 90 school groups visiting from the mainland.

Many teachers from inner city schools regarded the farm visit as the highlight of their week on the Island. The guided farm tour by Tim would be both interactive and educational, underscored with his unique brand of humour! For many children, it was a chance to experience life on a working farm, being able to get "hands-on" in a safe and secure environment. If time permitted, Tim would accept an invitation to help children with their follow up lessons in school and would often be asked to read during book and poetry weeks. He also helped some teachers with the design of their school garden area to include a pond and wildlife habitats.

Pond studies became one of Tim's most popular practical activities and has been adapted as a "road show"* activity. *(Link this to the "Let's go Pond Dipping")