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  • Adam Shaw

    Adam Shaw

    Guest Blogger

    Adam is a journalist, broadcaster and Woodland Trust Ambassador.

    

  • Alice Johnson

    Alice Johnson

    Contributor

    I am a nature lover with a passion for conservation, particularly native UK species.

    

  • Alison Kirkman

    Alison Kirkman

    Senior PR Officer

    I highlight our work to end the destruction of ancient woodland from development, both on a national scale by drawing attention to the loophole in Government planning guidance and the ancient woods threatened by HS2, and on a local scale by putting cases like Oaken and Smithy Wood in the spotlight.

    

  • Alyssa Ralph

    Conservation Volunteer

    Nature is my passion. From conserving our own native wildlife to just being able to breathe in the fresh air.

    

  • Amy Lewis

    Estate Communications Officer

    I enjoy spending time in nature and went wild camping solo around the Scottish Islands in 2015. I went for days at a time without encountering another human being (not to mention showering facilities). It was the experience of a lifetime.

    

  • Andy Bond

    Andy Bond

    PR & Content Manager - Partnerships

    I work with all our corporate partners to nurture these relationships and highlight how their support is crucial to what we do. I love visiting woodland to see first hand how the work we and our volunteers at the Trust do benefits trees and wildlife.

    

  • Angharad Evans

    Angharad Rees

    Campaigns Officer - Wales

    My job is to promote and develop campaigning, publicity and lobbying in Wales influencing the policy makers at local and national level and working with volunteers and organizations with similar objectives.

    

  • Austin Brady

    Austin Brady

    Director of Conservation & External Affairs

    I've been working with communities, land owners, the public and the media for 20 years and I am passionate about the positive impact that environment, heritage and community engagement can have on people’s lives.

    

  • Beccy Speight

    Chief Executive

    I love being CEO of the Woodland Trust! We want to see a UK that’s rich in native woods and trees, for people and for wildlife and I really enjoy leading the charge.

    

  • Becky Brown

    Events Officer - Central Region

    After spending the majority of my childhood in the great outdoors, I am so happy that I now get to organise events and encourage people to get involved in preserving what we have left of native trees, woods and wildlife.

    

  • Becky Owen Fisher a Digital Content Officer for the Woodland Trust

    Becky Owen-Fisher

    Content Officer

    I love writing about woods and trees and the folklore and history surrounding them. 

    

  • Bethany Brown, Content Officer

    Bethany Brown

    Content Officer

    I'm never more content than when I'm outdoors on a blustery day listening to the wind whistle through the leaves on the trees. I love inspiring this emotion in others and working to preserve the beauty of our native trees, woods and wildlife.

    

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    Big Butterfly Count

    Guest Blogger

    The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping assess the health of our environment. Simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright weather and record your sightings on the Big Butterfly Count website.

    

  • Carol Evans

    Director - Scotland

    I’m proud to lead a team of passionate champions for Scotland’s trees and woods.

    

  • Carrie Hobart

    Lead Content Manager

    I have always loved getting out and about with my kids as they were growing up and feel passionate about saving our local woods for future generations.

    

  • Catherine Pendreigh

    Public Affairs Assistant - Scotland

    As part of the Scottish public affairs team here at the Trust, I spend my time lobbying and campaigning politically and generally sticking up for trees. I am passionate about being active, love being in woodland and am proud that I'm able to spend my days working to protect them.

    

  • Charles Dundas

    Charles Dundas

    Public Affairs Manager - Scotland

    I spend my time reminding Councils, Ministers, and elected representatives at all levels, of the value that creating and protecting native woodland can bring to our environment and society, and pushing for a better appreciation of forestry amongst everyone.

    

  • Charlotte Hawkins

    Guest Blogger

    Charlotte is one of the anchors of ITV's breakfast show, Good Morning Britain. She's a proud mother of daughter, Ella Rose, and has a rescue dog called Bailey who both love trips to the woods.

    

  • Charlotte Varela

    Volunteer Content Writer

    I've adored nature ever since I was a little girl. What started as a keen fascination has turned into a full-blown passion, and I've developed a particular interest in our birds and moths. I love nothing more than immersing myself in the great outdoors (often with my camera in hand), and writing about the UK's spectacular wildlife.

    

  • Chloe Nelson

    Big Chief Nature Detective

    I love nature and want everyone to get involved with our fabulous family membership and experience the wonderful woods on our doorstep.

    

  • Chris Hickman

    Chris Hickman

    Senior PR Officer

    I help tell the story of our important work to tackle tree disease, restore damaged ancient woodland and much more besides.

    

  • Christina Joachim

    Regional Communications & Engagement Officer

    I work with a brilliant team in Central England to engage people with the work of the Woodland Trust and especially our woods in this region.

    

  • Christine Reid

    Head of Conservation

    It’s my privilege to head up the Conservation Team as the conservation of trees, woods and the life they support is at the heart of what the Trust is about.

    

  • Christine Tansey

    Contributor

    I’m a Nature's Calendar PhD researcher based at the University of Edinburgh. I use citizen science to look at the timing of spring in UK woodlands.

    

  • Christoph Promberger

    Executive Director of Conservation Carpathia Foundation

    All the little or larger problems we face day by day are irrelevant compared to losing our natural heritage.

    

  • Coral Banks

    Marketing & Communications Manager - Products

    Ever since I was little I’ve loved the woods. What started as climbing trees after school has developed into a passion for UK woodland and wildlife. It’s great to know that the work we do helps our precious woods and wildlife live on for future generations.

    

  • Dael Sassoon

    Dael Sassoon

    I enjoy walking through woods, listening to the sound of animals and being amongst trees. When I found out I could do a lot of outdoors research and at the same time make a difference with the Woodland Trust, I applied as a volunteer for the Ancient Woodland Heritage Research team and it has been an adventure ever since!

    

  • Danielle Wesley

    Danielle Wesley

    Content Manager

    I'm passionate about inspiring people, especially children, to explore our fantastic woods and have magical adventures they'll remember forever.

    

  • Dave Rickwood

    Dave Rickwood

    Site Manager - Dartmoor

    I manage some of the Woodland Trust's most stunning sites on Dartmoor including Fingle and the Bovey Valley Woods.

    

  • Dean Kirkland

    Project Manager for Ancient Woodland Restoration

    After a hectic day flying a desk there’s nothing better than getting back to the peace and serenity of one of our ancient woodlands. It helps to remind me why I need to keep fighting to ensure these woods will still be here for my kids.

    

  • Dee Smith

    Senior PR Officer

    From beech trees to bluebells, badgers to butterflies, not much tops being out and about in our woods. As part of the PR team it’s my job to spread the word about the magnificent work the Trust does.

    

  • Derek Niemann

    Guest Blogger

    Derek has loved trees ever since he was a child and went for a long walks in the woods with his dad who tried and failed to teach him the names of them all. 

    

  • Diane Millis

    Senior Conservation Advisor - Water & Ecosystems

    I focus on the multiple benefits that woods and trees can provide to society and in particular their contribution to improving the water environment in the UK.

    

  • Dieter Helm

    Guest Blogger

    An Official Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Oxford and Professorial Research Fellow of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Dieter Helm is also Chair of the Natural Capital Committee.

    

  • Doug Shapley

    Conservation Advisor

    I am a Conservation Advisor for Woodland Trust and a keen photographer and naturalist, with a special interest in birds, lichens and moths. I live in Scotland and find inspiration in wildlife watching, especially soaring eagles on the West Coast.

    

  • Elisabeth Garton

    Elisabeth Garton

    Editor

    I spread the word about the work we do by editing our supporter magazines, Broadleaf and the Woods Today. Read all about it! 

    

  • Ellie Henderson

    Ellie Henderson

    Regional & Local Government Officer

    I work at local authority level, influencing policies relating to woods and trees. 

    

  • Emilie Bonnevay

    Public Enquiries Officer

    I have what I think is one of the best jobs at the Trust, as I get to spend my time talking to people about their trees, woods and anything nature-related! I love sharing my enthusiasm for the natural environment, and I’m one of those bores who will talk about nature until you stop me.

    

  • Emma Bird

    Emma Bird

    Woodland Creation Team Leader

    Growing up in the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire has taught me to adore trees and the wildlife they support. The thought of a world without trees is a terrifying one so let’s plant more!

    

  • Emma Bonham

    Conservation Information Manager

    It’s the diversity of species found in woodland that interests me most and how it all fits together to create a thriving ecosystem.

    

  • Fiona Granger

    Founder & Senior Trainer at Ruff Diamonds

    I am a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (UK) and run training classes for puppies and older dogs. I have three dogs, all of whom love nothing better than going on long walks in the countryside and woods.

    

  • Frances Winder

    Frances Winder

    Conservation Policy Lead

    Ancient woodland is our richest terrestrial biodiversity habitat; but more than that, woods are magical places to spend time.

    

  • George Anderson

    PR & Communications Officer - Scotland

    I’m an advocate for Scotland’s native woods, a keen photographer and wild food forager.

    

  • Hamish Thomson

    Woodland Creation Advisor

    I have always been inspired by the natural environment and I’ve got a real passion for trees. At the age of six I ‘planted a tree in 73’ and my understanding of the importance of trees in our landscape has grown with that silver birch.

    

  • Hayley Broad

    Hayley Broad

    Contributor

    I love telling people about the wonderful tree-planting work the Trust does with schools, communities, landowners and farmers, as well the inspirational things we do on our own estate!

    

  • Heini Evans

    PR & Communications Officer - Wales

    If there's anything interesting, new or exciting happening in our Wales sites, I'll know about it!

    

  • Helen Chesshire

    Senior Advisor

    I encourage farmers to plant trees and hedges. I explain how trees can provide shelter for their livestock, improve land drainage, reduce pollution and soil erosion, provide habitat for pollinators, produce wood fuel as well as enhancing the environment. Having grown up on a farm I love spending time in the countryside.

    

  • Helen Jones

    Helen Jones

    Engagement Officer - Observatree

    I am passionate about the health of our trees. I manage volunteers tasked with surveying woods and trees for signs of pests and diseases. If we can gather more information, we might be able to control the impact of these diseases, or even eradicate them completely.

    

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    Helen Keating

    Content Manager

    I'm a botanist with a passion for conservation and the outdoors, and love inspiring adults and children to love and celebrate woods and wildlife.

    

  • Hollie Anderson

    Hollie Anderson

    Assistant PR Officer

    Working with projects such as Nature’s Calendar and ObservaTREE has given me a real appreciation for what the natural world means to different people. I’m passionate about hearing people’s stories and telling them to the rest of the world. 

    

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    Jack Taylor

    Campaigner

    Growing up all I ever cared about was getting outside, running around and climbing trees. It’s what I’m passionate about and it’s why I love campaigning to protect and conserve trees and woods for future generations.

    

  • James Cooper

    James Cooper

    Head of Government Affairs

    I work to increase the Trust's influence in Westminster, Whitehall and local government.

    

  • James Wakefield

    Social Media Officer

    I always enjoy spending time outside with our cousins, the trees - even if it’s only to read a book in the shade!

    

  • Jane Craven

    Engagement Officer - South West

    I love being in a natural setting and I don’t think you can beat taking a walk in wood alongside a river. My role involves coordinating engagement activity across the South West and I want to enable everyone to have the opportunity to experience woodlands themselves.

    

  • Jess the dog

    Jess

    Doggy Blogger

    I’m a three year old chocolate labrador crossed with a spanish water dog and I love walkies in the woods. My favourite things are hide and seek, sniffing out new smells and splashing in muddy puddles.

    

  • Jessica Benson

    Social Media Officer

    I live to be outdoors. Walking, running, horse riding, frisbee and water sports - I love them all! Give me a good steep hill and the smell of the sea on the wind any day.

    

  • Jill Butler

    Jill Butler

    Conservation Advisor

    I'm an ancient tree enthusiast! I campaign for these majestic natural treasures on behalf of the Woodland Trust and the Ancient Tree Forum.

    

  • Jill Donnachie

    Communications & Development Manager - Scotland

    I’m passionate about inspiring people and partners in Scotland and beyond, to value woods and trees and help us create, protect and restore woodland.

    

  • Jim Christie

    Volunteer

    I carry out a wide range of volunteering roles for the Trust, getting out to help wherever a job is needing done!

    

  • Joe Middleton

    Site Manager - South West

    I love wildlife, and nature conservation is my passion. I‘m lucky enough to work in the outdoors as one of the Woodland Trust’s Site Manager’s in the South West.

    

  • Joe Nunez-Mino

    Joe Nunez-Mino

    Guest Blogger

    Joe has been the Director of Communications at the Bat Conservation Trust since February 2014 and has ran conservation projects both at home and abroad, ranging from forest governance through to Caribbean mammal conservation.

    

  • Dr John Jackson

    Guest Bogger

    John has enjoyed a lifetime in sustainable management of natural resources in both Argentina and the UK and was CEO of the Royal Forestry Society from 1989-2012. He believes that recognising that trees in temperate woodlands can communicate and share resources could herald a new dawn for their stewardship in a changing world.

    

  • John Tucker

    John Tucker

    Director of Woodland Creation

    I look after all aspects of Woodland Creation across the UK. I've been with the Trust for almost 20 years, enjoying every minute of it.

    

  • Jonathan Sheppard

    Lead Government Affairs Officer

    I aim to influence policymakers at Westminster and in Stormont to help secure the protection and promotion of woods and trees.

    

  • Judith Garforth, Citizen Science Administrator for the Woodland Trust

    Judith Garforth

    Citizen Science Officer (Nature’s Calendar)

    I look after the Nature's Calendar and Observatree citizen science projects, and enjoy inspiring others to get involved in recording nature.

    

  • Judy Dowling

    Judy Dowling

    Ancient Tree Voluntary Verifier

    Quite simply, volunteering is the best thing I have ever done. I have been to places I never knew existed, found trees that are very important, met wonderful, positive, friendly people. Best of all, I have never had so much fun in all of my life

    

  • Justin Milward

    Justin Milward

    Regional Policy Officer - South West & West Midlands

    I combine both land and property and government affairs work for the Woodland Trust, looking after the Trust’s local government advocacy work in the South West and West Midlands. I have a strong interest in the link between the natural environment and public health.

    

  • Karen Hornigold

    Assistant Advisor Data & Information Management

    I’ve always loved being outdoors and spending time in forests especially. I feel very blessed to be contributing to the conservation of the UK’s woods and trees.

    

  • Karen Letten

    Karen Letten

    Schools & Families Engagement Manager

    I believe woods offer an inspirational setting for outdoor learning. I work with schools and families, helping them take learning and play outside where children can get up close to trees and wildlife, and develop vital skills.

    

  • Karen McKnight

    Guest Blogger

    Karen is a photography graduate from Ulster University who has grown up seeing trees as majestic and beautiful wonders of nature. She has often felt that we don’t notice trees enough and wants to challenge that view.

    

  • Karen Trickey

    Karen Trickey

    Estate Marketing Officer

    Tring Park is such a beautiful place and the unique history, especially with regards to the Rothschilds, appeals to my quirky side! My role is to develop opportunities for our visitors to enjoy the site as much as I do. 

    

  • Karis Petty

    Karis Jade Petty

    Guest Blogger

    Karis is an anthropologist at the University of Sussex who facilitates sensorial explorations of nature for groups and individuals.

    

  • Kate Lewthwaite

    Kate Lewthwaite

    Citizen Science Manager

    I'm based in the Conservation team and look after our various citizen science projects. These help to engage people with the natural world around them and also collects vital scientific evidence about how this world is changing.

    

  • Katharine Rist

    Katharine Rist

    Campaigner - Ancient Woodland

    I work to protect ancient woods and trees for future generations and support communities in protecting their beloved local woods and trees.

    

  • Katrin Sefton

    Project Officer - Talking Trees

    I look after our network of amazing volunteer speakers who educate, inspire and engage new groups of people up and down the country to get involved and enjoy their local woods.

    

  • Kay Haw

    Kay Haw

    Conservation Advisor

    Nature is my passion, especially woods and trees which are just amazing elements of life.

    

  • Kaye Brennan

    Kaye Brennan

    Senior Campaigner

    I campaign because trees and woods deserve respect, support and investment. Together, we can make a real difference to the way they are valued and understood. 

    

  • Kaye Coates

    Kaye Coates

    Communications Officer - Northern Ireland

    Through voicing the many merits of trees and woodland, I hope that people in Northern Ireland will be inspired to make their mark. Plant a tree, create your own woodland, or enjoy a breath of fresh air in your nearest wood. It’s seriously good for your health!

    

  • Kayleigh Jacobs

    Kayleigh Jacobs-Rutter

    Content Officer

    There's nothing better than pulling on your favourite wellies, grabbing your trusty binoculars and exploring the natural world.

    

  • Kerry Clarke

    Head of Volunteering & Engagement

    I am delighted to lead the Volunteering & Engagement team. Our team inspires people to become volunteers and actively engages people across the UK. We are passionate about connecting people, woods and trees.

    

  • Kylie Knight

    Kylie Harrison Mellor

    Citizen Science Officer

    I love being in the outdoors and like nothing better than to don my walking boots and stride out to look at what wildlife I can spot. No matter what the time of year there is always something to see.

    

  • Laura Cottam

    Laura Cottam

    Volunteer Content Writer

    I’ve always been in love with the world outdoors and particularly all things plants! I’m currently studying my master’s degree in conservation at UCL and my biggest passion in life is science communication and letting everyone know about the wonderful world we live in.

    

  • Liz Carney

    PR Officer

    I help spread the word about the many advantages of trees. From increasing farm productivity, improving water quality, and playing a part in flood mitigation, trees have a host of benefits. I also work with our team on the Trust’s largest project to date - restoring the Smithills Estate.

    

  • Lorraine Mullally

    Lorraine Mullally

    Lead Government Affairs Officer

    I aim to influence policymakers at Westminster and in Stormont to help secure the protection and promotion of woods and trees.

    

  • Louise Neicho

    Site Manager

    I look after some of our most ambitious projects including Heartwood Forest and Tring Park, where looking after the wildlife that call it home is just as important as the visitor experience.

    

  • Louise Taylor

    Assistant Advisor Volunteer Management & Communications

    My role here at the Woodland Trust is to manage volunteers who are hard at work collecting seeds for the Millennium Seed Bank, which helps ensure that future generations will still have the diversity of species and the best habitats found on earth, woodlands, available for them to enjoy, as we do today.

    

  • Lucy Ryan

    Luci Ryan

    Ecological Impact Assessor

    I am an ecologist who is passionate about woods and trees. I relish translating eco-jargon into plain English to enable supporters to give a voice to their local environment.

    

  • Lucy Verasamy

    Guest Blogger

    Lucy was born in Kings Lynn in Norfolk. She is a trained meteorologist and an ITV Weather Presenter.

    

  • Lynsey Nixon

    Communications & Engagement Manager - Northern Ireland

    I love being outdoors and exploring the local woodlands. My role with the Woodland Trust is to engage with local communities and connect them with trees and woods. I want to inspire more people to volunteer with us across Northern Ireland so we can protect and create an environment that we are excited to live in.

    

  • Malcolm Allen

    Site Manager - Cornwall, Plymouth City and West Devon

    I'm the Site Manager for Cornwall, Plymouth City and West Devon and have been since I joined the Trust in October 1996.

    

  • Mary Burstow

    Regional Communications & Engagement Officer

    Happiness is getting out into the countryside, blue sky, the sun on my face and a gentle breeze on my back.

    

  • Matina Loizou

    Matina Loizou

    Assistant Campaigner

    I’ve been at the Woodland Trust since 2012 and help supporters campaign for local woodlands under threat from development. I love seeing how people power can save cherished woods and trees.

    

  • Matt Elliot

    Matt Elliot

    Conservation Advisor - Tree & Woodland Health

    My love of all things botanical drives me to do all I can to protect our trees for future generations.

    

  • Matt Larsen-Daw

    Project Lead - Charter for Trees, Woods and People

    As part of the Campaigns team at the Woodland Trust, my job is to stick up for trees and I love finding creative ways to remind people how amazing and important these beautiful beings are.

    

  • Matt Parkins

    Woodland Ecologist

    I am an environmental tutor, wildlife writer and blogger. I live and work around Dartmoor and spend a lot of my time on woodland conservation projects and have a particular interest in protecting dormice and their habitats.

    

  • Mike Townsend

    Mike Townsend

    Principal Advisor

    Despite my years of working with trees and woodland I am still amazed by their importance to our daily lives.

    

  • Mims Davies MP

    Member of Parliament

    Member of Parliament for the Eastleigh constituency and Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ancient Woodland and Veteran Trees. 

    

  • Neil Sinclair

    Guest Blogger

    Neil, AKA Commando Dad, belives there’s nothing better than being out and about in nature. Woods have always played an important part in his life and now, as an author, he is trying to encourage everyone to make the most of this amazing resource that’s right on their doorstep.

    

  • Nick Atkinson

    Nick Atkinson

    Senior Advisor

    I love the way that trees bring out the best in people, through our folklore, our culture and our heritage.

    

  • Nick Sandford, Government Affairs Officer for the Woodland Trust

    Nick Sandford

    Government Affairs Officer

    I’m passionate about giving people more access to the benefits of trees and woods in their local communities. I work with local politicians and government to try to achieve this.

    

  • Nicola Craven

    Marketing & Communications Manager

    I look after marketing and communications for our woods here at the Trust. I'm very passionate about encouraging visitors to enjoy our wonderful woods!

    

  • Nikki Williams

    Nikki Williams

    Head of Campaigning

    I live in the PA team and work with a fine bunch of people around the delivery of everything campaigning!

    

  • Oliver Newham

    Oliver Newham

    Senior Campaigner - Ancient Woodland

    I work to inspire others to respect and protect our ancient woods and trees. From helping communities to influencing key decision makers, I look to ensure that development does not come at any cost, particularly our precious natural heritage.

    

  • Owen Pugh

    Government Affairs Officer

    I aim to influence MPs and Ministers to provide greater legislative protection and promotion for ancient woodland and veteran trees across the UK.

    

  • Paul Bunton

    Paul Bunton

    Communications & Engagement Officer

    I have worked on the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood since we started the project. I really enjoy working on the planning and delivery engaging the various contractors, artists, community groups and schools to bring the project together, it’s been a challenge but a very rewarding one.

    

  • Paula Keen

    Woodland Creation Manager - Wales

    I have worked in the forestry sector for more than 20 years, have an MSc in Forestry and its Relation to Land Use and currently live in the Brecon Beacons National Park with my husband and two children.

    

  • Patrick Cregg

    Patrick Cregg MBE

    Director - Northern Ireland

    I am privileged to be the Northern Ireland director of the Woodland Trust. Since our establishment on this side of the Irish Sea some twenty years ago, we have worked hard to put trees and woodland on a more secure footing. However we must avoid complacency as much is still required.

    

  • Paul Mosley

    Community Woodland Officer

    I work as Community Woodland Officer to inspire and support community groups engaged in management and creation of woodland in the north of England.

    

  • Peter Leeson

    Peter Leeson

    Parnerships Manager

    The outdoors is where I am happiest - by the river or on a mountain top - and safeguarding nature is what drives me.

    

  • Peter Lowe

    Peter Lowe

    Senior Ancient Woodland Restoration Project Manager

    I have a forestry background and have worked in ancient woodland restoration for many years. I now cover Scotland and parts of Northern England as well as taking the communications lead on restoration work for the Trust.

    

  • Phil Formby

    Film Producer & Photographer

    Woods and trees are a constant inspiration. I love capturing and documenting their majesty in innovative ways.

    

  • Pip Borrill

    Pip Borrill

    Project Development Manager

    Woods and trees deliver so many benefits but we don’t always appreciate this. My role is to develop opportunities that encourage everyone to get involved in creating and protecting a UK rich in native woods and trees. 

    

  • Rebecca Tay

    Regional Volunteering Development Officer

    I work to join up our national aims with our regional activity, supporting volunteers and their managers, and building partnership opportunities. Volunteers are integral to what we do and seeing what they achieve for us is truly inspiring.

    

  • Richard Barnes

    Richard Barnes

    Senior Conservation Advisor

    Woodlands deliver so many public benefits, as well as having their intrinsic beauty, and I want to ensure my daughters have the same opportunities to receive those benefits and enjoyment as I’ve had.

    

  • Robin Harford

    Guest Blogger

    Robin is an ethnobotanist and creator of Eatweeds, a wild food foraging website, which specialises in wild edible plants. Robin has been running foraging courses, teaching people about their local edible landscape throughout the UK since 2009.

    

  • Roger Parkinson

    Volunteer Speaker

    I am a Volunteer Speaker with the Woodland Trust, inspiring audiences of all ages and backgrounds to value and plant woodland.

    

  • Rory Francis

    Rory Francis

    Communications Officer - Wales

    It’s my job to stand up for woods and trees and to tell everyone about the vital work of Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales. The world faces huge environmental problems. The answer to many of them is; plant more trees!

    

  • Rory Syme

    Rory Syme

    PR & Communications Officer

    I’m passionate about Scotland’s trees and woods and the benefits that they bring to our lives.

    

  • Russell Hedley

    Marketing & Communications Officer

    Being a born and bred Boltonian, I enjoy nothing more than getting out into our surrounding countryside and exploring, particularly for signs of wildlife.

    

  • Sally-Ann Smurthwaite

    Assistant Campaigner

    I help to campaign for better protection and recognition of ancient woodland and special trees. This is both through supporting our Woods Under Threat team and contributing to our policy and advocacy campaigns. I love spending time in woods because they are beautiful and wild places to be.

    

  • Sally Tyler

    Sally Tyler

    Conservation Communications Intern

    I love wildlife and am fascinated by the way nature is constantly changing and adapting. I feel passionately about connecting people with nature and conserving natural habitats, for our own well-being and all the species we share those habitats with.

    

  • Sara Dickinson

    Events Programme Executive

    I love being out the fresh air and enjoy wildlife in the great outdoors. Our countryside has so much to offer to enrich our lives.

    

  • Sara Wood

    Sara Wood

    Regional Development Officer - North England

    I’ve always loved nature and the outdoors and when a job came up at the Woodland Trust I had to apply. I’ve been here 10 years! I fundraise for projects all across the North of England, helping raise money to protect an area of woodland or create new woods.

    

  • Sarah Leach

    Sarah Leach

    Estate Marketing Officer - South East

    I plan and deliver visitor engagement activity in our magnificent woods in the south east, connecting people with nature and woodland and in turn reinforcing their connection with the Trust and its aims.

    

  • Sarah Shaw

    Sarah Shaw

    Volunteering Development Coordinator

    I love my role at the Trust as I'm tasked with inspiring more people to volunteer with us. I am fortunate enough to speak to some of our most passionate supporters every day. Our organisation simply wouldn’t be the same without all the support we receive from our team of dedicated volunteers.

    

  • Sharon Thomas

    Partnerships Manager

    We need people to care about trees and woods. As a Partnerships Manager, I work with organisations to help spread this message and inspire people across the UK.

    

  • Sharon Wennekers

    Sharon Wennekers

    Social Media Manager

    I love chatting to people online about all the wonderful work we do. Life’s so much better with trees.

    

  • Sian Atkinson

    Sian Atkinson

    Conservation Advisor

    I am fascinated by the way trees and woods have always been part of our story - and we part of theirs. We need to learn from the past to create a future where people and the rest of nature can flourish together. 

    

  • Simon King

    Simon King OBE

    Guest Blogger

    Specialising in nature documentaries, Simon has been working in the field of natural history film making for over 30 years. He now lives in Somerset with his wife and daughter where, in 2012, he planted around 2,000 native trees.

    

  • Simon Tappin

    Guest Blogger

    Simon is currently Head of Internal Medicine at Dick White Referrals, editor of the BSAVA’s Companion magazine, and an advisor to Pet Blood Bank UK - the only charity that provides a canine blood bank service for all veterinary practitioners across the country.

    

  • Steve Marsh

    Steve Marsh

    PR Manager

    It's refreshing to feel that the work I do helps to take some really good causes forward.

    

  • Steve Mulligan

    Steve Mulligan

    Contributor

    I’m passionate about influencing politicians to help ensure that our woods and trees have a voice in both Westminster and in Stormont.

    

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    The Woodland Trust

    The UK's leading woodland conservation charity

    We're helping to plant trees, protect woods and inspire people to enjoy the nature on their doorstep. But we can't do it without you.

    

  • Victoria Bankes Price

    Victoria Bankes Price

    Planning Advisor

    I spend my time working to both protect and promote woods and trees in our planning system. Planning is about shaping better places for us to live work and play, woods and trees should be at the heart of those places.

    

  • Viv Halcrow

    Croft Woodlands - Western Isles

    Working across the Western Isles, I'm passionate about helping crofting communities benefit from woodland.