Do it Bear Grylls style and explore what you can make from the woods.
Woodlands Crafter, Conservationist, Gardener, Bird Watcher
My environmental education began at the Capel Manor Horticultural College, where I undertook a courses in tree surgery, garden design and conservation.
I've been a conservationist and specialist in woodlands craft for more than 20 years. I've always been passionate about preserving our environment, and it gives me a good feeling knowing I can educate people about looking after it.
My main passion is making objects from wood, either sourced from existing trees or using salvaged material. I enjoy working with wood as it is very tactile, and can be moulded into any shape required. One of my favourite things to create is twisted hiking sticks, made from natural honeysuckle branches.
In my spare time, I volunteer at my local communal garden, the 'First Avenue Urban Wilderness Garden', passing down gardening and general conservation skills to local residents. I'm an avid bird watcher, able to identify 90% of woodland birds including Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Woodpeckers, Chaffinches, Blue Tits and Wrens. I also enjoy taking photographs as it's a great way of capturing certain moments in time.
Branches weaved through the fence of my local communal garden (First Avenue Urban Wilderness Garden).
Hiking sticks and a pine bench I made.
One of my hiking sticks which I've named the 'Gandolf Staff'.