Open Ground was started by Sam Harrison
in 2005. Sam was born in rural Suffolk and was raised on a
small-holding, working on various farms. Sam traveled extensively in
the mountain regions of the world, climbing, exploring and working with local
organizations. More recently he has been concentrating on the areas
around his home - the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, where he gets
excited about place-names and finding remote shieling sites or little nooks
of native woodland.
Sam gained an MA in philosophy from
Cambridge in 2001, an MSc with distinction in Human Ecology in 2006, and PhD
focused on Place-Based Education in 2012. Through his studies he has
explored action research, environmental philosophy, community development,
environmental and place-based education. Sam is passionate about bringing theories and practical
learning together, and all his studies contribute to the work and development
of Open Ground.
Sam is a qualified Mountain Leader, and
outdoor first aider, with a variety of other outdoor qualifications. When Sam is not working he can
usually be found pottering with his vegetables, cooking, or playing
traditional Irish and Scottish tunes.