BV Goes Ape for Summer!

by Jo Hudson, Conservation and Research Assistant, London

The London office was getting into the ‘swing of it’ at our summer day out this year by spending the morning ‘monkeying around’ in the treetops of Trent Park in Cockfosters, North London. It wasn’t the warmest or nicest of days (well it is England) but everyone seemed excited to spend a day out the office blowing off some well-earned steam. The day would basically consist of climbing up onto suspended platforms in the tree canopy and then clamber, crawl and swing our way around the various obstacles. These included giant ziplines, swinging into cargo nets and then climbing up, and tiptoeing along narrow beams – all 40 feet above the ground! Safety first, as always, and we were all well-schooled by the end in Go Ape’s procedures, rule number one: always make sure you have your red and blue carabineer clips attached to the wires!

Some of the team (myself included) bulldozed their way through the course, tearing our way round with gusto, while others took it at a more relaxed, and definitely more graceful, pace. There were some screams, tumbles and definitely some decidedly muddy BV employees. However, the one thing that was unanimous is that the morning was a great (ape) success! All the hard work was followed by a lunch in north London – everyone went home tired out and well fed. Here’s to the Christmas outing!

A good day was had by all

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Jo Hudson

Conservation & Research Assistant at Blue Ventures
Jo started working for Blue Ventures in November 2011 as a science intern and was also a Vodafone World of Difference winner with BV in early 2012. She progressed to the role of Conservation & Research Assistant in May 2012. In her gap year Jo volunteered on a marine conservation project in Fiji, where the pristine reefs and abundant marine life fuelled a love for the marine world and diving. Whilst studying for a BSc in Environmental Science, at the University of Sussex, she also volunteered on a marine project in Madagascar and based her two undergrad thesis' on marine subjects. After going onto to gain an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London, Jo worked in London in an admin role and also spent 6 months in the Okavango Delta, Botswana researching human-elephant conflict. Outside of BV Jo enjoys cooking, photography and seeing as much of the world as she can while partaking in adrenaline fuelled activities (bungee jumping, white water rafting... the usual).
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About Jo Hudson

Jo started working for Blue Ventures in November 2011 as a science intern and was also a Vodafone World of Difference winner with BV in early 2012. She progressed to the role of Conservation & Research Assistant in May 2012. In her gap year Jo volunteered on a marine conservation project in Fiji, where the pristine reefs and abundant marine life fuelled a love for the marine world and diving. Whilst studying for a BSc in Environmental Science, at the University of Sussex, she also volunteered on a marine project in Madagascar and based her two undergrad thesis' on marine subjects. After going onto to gain an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London, Jo worked in London in an admin role and also spent 6 months in the Okavango Delta, Botswana researching human-elephant conflict. Outside of BV Jo enjoys cooking, photography and seeing as much of the world as she can while partaking in adrenaline fuelled activities (bungee jumping, white water rafting... the usual).