Joanna Barnett

What is your role within the Friends of High Borrans?


Why have you become involved with the Friends?

To try to provide new opportunities for young people and provide alternative sources of funding to the course fees.

Jo lives above the drying room at High Borrans!

Jo lived above the drying room at High Borrans!

What skills will you bring to the charity?

Knowledge of what the Centre has to offer, the potential of the staff team, and of the landscape. I want to try out some different ideas and work in new partnerships.

How long have you been involved with High Borrans OEC?

From 2001 through to 2016 I was Head of Centre at High Borrans. Sadly I have now moved to a new centre in Shropshire but will remain a Trustee of the Friends.

What has been your most memorable experience at High Borrans?

To me, High Borrans is a collective of happy memories of all the young people and adults who have visited – you can feel it in and around the place. High Borrans resonates a sense of happiness!

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

For myself, I enjoy exploring a landscape in different ways, whether by horse riding, walking, climbing, cycling or canoeing. Journey time and distance vary. The perspective of looking up or down from land or from water is refreshing and fascinating even in an area like the Lake District that I know well. Staying out overnight brings its own joys, and I have never known a bored child whilst camping! Having a family and seeing the world through the eyes of young children has reminded me of the many treasures at hand that are easily passed over. Spending so much of my time with others I also enjoy the solace and opportunities for reflection that the natural world and physical effort bring.