Meet Our Editorial Team


Rachel Baxter

Hi, I’m Rachel, a London-based writer who works for a charity that facilitates strategic philanthropy. I’m passionate about wildlife and the environment, I have a degree in zoology from the university of Bristol and a master’s degree in science communication from Imperial College London.

Over the years, I have written science articles for a number of publications including IFLScience, Biosphere magazine and New Scientist. In my spare time, I enjoy many things including cooking, yoga and travelling.

Karen Cannard

Karen Cannard

Hi, I’m Karen, a Suffolk based writer who has a passion for turning the everyday into the extraordinary, especially on the subject of reducing waste.

As the creator of The Rubbish Diet in 2008, my curiosity about recycling, reuse and the life cycle of trash led to a series of waste-reduction campaigns, research into packaging design, reducing plastic, recycling electronics and exploring international zero-waste solutions.

I am a huge advocate of curiosity, which is also reflected by my ‘day job’ as a high school librarian and careers adviser. Curiosity is also how I’ve stumbled into becoming an allotmenteer. For now, the less written about that, the better.

I am delighted to join the Word Forest Organisation’s creative writing team. It’s a charity that I am very proud to support.


Alice O'Grady

Hi! I’m Alice O’Grady, aged 21 from Bolton. I have recently graduated from the University of Liverpool with a 1st class honours degree in Ecology and Environment. I have had the opportunity to volunteer with The Wildlife Trust as an assistant education officer and been involved in maintenance and restoration projects on my local nature reserve.

I have been lucky enough to spend summers in America teaching children about ecology and in Greece studying and conserving sea turtles. These experiences helped me further develop my passion for spreading awareness and educating others on how we can tackle environmental issues. I love spending time in nature and appreciate the simple things in life.

I am honoured to be able to share my knowledge and write for The Word Forest Organisation, with a focus on how the charity is not only improving people’s lives but restoring ecosystem functioning and increasing biodiversity.

Kate Groves

Kate Groves

Hi, I’m Kate! I’m currently working as a Senior Editorial Assistant for the Nature Research journals, and I started volunteering with Word Forest in June 2020.

After graduating from the University of Hull in 2017 with a degree in Biology, I gained experience in scientific and medical writing from an internship at Brandcast Health, a small medical communications company.

I’m interested in gaining more experience in scientific writing, and am keen to work on a variety of content, from more research heavy pieces to shorter opinion pieces.

I’m passionate about the environment, and believe that along with making changes in our daily lives, one of the easiest and most impactful things we can do is to help spread the word and show the incredible work that charities such as the Word Forest Organisation do, and I’m excited to be able to contribute to that!

Cyprian Ogoti

Cyprian Ogoti

Hi, I’m Cyprian Ogoti, I’m 37 and I am a journalist from Kenya. I have a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Nairobi. I have been engaging in advocacy, education and environmental matters for the past 10 years.

I have worked in South Sudan in disaster stricken areas as a Communication and Humanitarian Officer. I mobilise communities to confront the challenges facing them by promoting environmental rights with an emphasis on minority social groups through partnership in environmental projects, development and implementation.

I joined The Word Forest Organisation in advocating for environmental conservation in 2019 and together we disseminate information on environmental issues as we take responsibility for helping the earth breathe through growing trees in Kenya.

Anna Parkinson

Anna Parkinson

Hello! My name is Anna, I’m 20 years old and I have just completed my second year studying BA (Hons) Journalism at the University of Lincoln.

I’m from South East England and my main hobbies include horse riding, running and blogging. I enjoy writing about a range of topics, from opinion and lifestyle pieces to sports articles.

I’ve wanted to be a journalist for as long as I can remember because I really enjoy the fast-paced nature of the industry and the many opportunities that it provides. My dream job would be working as a journalist in the equestrian industry as I have been riding since I was about 3.

Being a volunteer copywriter at the Word Forest Organisation has given me the opportunity to write about a variety of subjects and working among a team of other talented writers has given me a real insight into the field of work that I would love to go into following my graduation.

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