About Oceans to Earth

Our Story

Rewind back to June 2018. As passionate environmentalists we (that’s Rosie and myself, Jake) were peering over the cliffs at Old Harry Rocks in Studland and noticed the small bay full of litter floating around on the swell. With no access on foot we wondered how it could be cleared. Moments later (and not without some element of fate) a family of kayakers appeared from around the headland. We put two-and-two together and bought some kayaks. The seed of an idea had taken root and GoPladdle was born.

We began cleaning various coves along the Jurassic Coast and Poole Harbour but quickly began to realise that beach cleaning alone was not going to be enough and we started to look into how they could solve these problems. With the amazing support of an incredible community and some forward thinking businesses, we now have an impressive project list, striving to put long term solutions in place.

But, of course, this wasn’t enough. As our passion grew ever stronger for the environment, we began working our way inland. Oceans aren’t the only planetary marvel in danger of collapse; our forests and wildlife are as equally vulnerable, and desperately need our help!

2020 was to mark the birth of Oceans To Earth.

Jake & Rosie xx

Mission Statement

‘We confront environmental challenges, through education, research and partnership, creating a healthier community for all’.

Vision Statement

To be a trusted environmental brand providing education to schools, businesses and other organisations around the impact of ocean pollution and carbon capture, and to empower them to take action.

To work in partnership with Word Forest Organisation to educate and equip communities in both the UK and overseas to offset carbon emissions through tree planting initiatives.

To meet the 17 UN Sustainability Development Goals through our work in the uk and partnership with other organisations working on a global scale.

Core Values

Environment

The core of what we do. We want to preserve the natural beauty of our planet for future generations and every other living species on it.

Education

Our future depends on the next generation. We want to teach them about the fine balance of nature, and the consequences of our actions.

Promoting solutions

We aim to front campaigns based on evidence, through research and innovation.

Partnership

As the old saying goes, ‘many heads are better than one’. We form partnerships with other organisations whose core values align with ours, and set to achieve ambitious environmental goals through collaboration.

Meet the Team

Founder

Jake Sculthorp

Founder

Ex-model maker turned eco warrior, Jake is our plastics expert. Passionate about everything ‘nature’, his natural environment will always be in the woods, on his bike. He’s also pretty handy when it comes to our boat, Polly-Esther.

Founder

Rosie Bailey

Founder

Part nurse, full environmentalist, Rosie co-founded the organisation in 2018 in pursuit of a healthier habitat for us all. She loves stomps along the coast and hunting for ‘interesting’ things, gardening and embracing the wilderness.

Operations Director

Oly Rush

Operations Director

Oly lives and breathes the ocean; we think he might actually be a fish! Oly joined the team in 2020 for the hands-on work, clearing plastics from all along the Dorset coast. He’s also an experienced open water swimmer and expert at rescuing all that floating plastic detritus.

Finance Director

Dave Whyte

Finance Director

Dave is our numbers guy: he keeps the spreadsheets in check and the tax man happy. Dave spends his free time exploring the world in his camper with Anna and Moomin (their awesome dog), playing golf and working his way through an ambitious list of ‘DIY to do when I retire’.

Plastic Free Poole Community Rep

Rebecca Lever

Plastic Free Poole Community Rep

Litter-picking legend Becky brings an extensive ‘rubbish’ portfolio and a whole lot of passion for nature! When she’s not out hustling businesses or clearing beaches, Becky loves journeys on her bike, on foot and even a fair-weather dip in the sea.

Plastic Free Poole Community Rep

Phoebe Burton

Plastic Free Poole Community Rep

The sensible one among us, Phoebe loves to keep fit and healthy, hanging out with friends and family and enjoying long walks along the beach with her dog, Saffie. Born by the sea, the ocean is in her blood. Don’t get on the wrong side of her when playing netball though: she’s got a fiery competitive side!

Content Creator

Kester Bailey

Content Creator

Our fresh-off-the-press moving pictures guy, Kester is the go-to for all things content, always ready with a camera and an eye for making complicated issues accessible. He loves running, media and embracing the landscape on his bike.

Graphic Designer

Jake Honeywill

Graphic Designer

Documents, drawings and design, not necessarily in that order, Jake is our creative cloud wizard and steps in whenever a touch of visual satisfaction is needed. Nintendo, animation and grime music are his things.  

Website Designer

Paul Burrows

Website Designer

Paul brings a wealth of experience to the team, including 20 years distilling whisky in an underground bunker at the end of his garden and building affordable housing out of discarded flip flops collected from Dorset beaches. He also builds websites.