• Alan Crawford

    Ancient woodland restoration project officer

    I love trees and woods because they are so profoundly full of life; beautiful and wonder-filled, they soothe and nurture the soul.


  • Alastair Hotchkiss

    Conservation Advisor - Ancient Woodlands

    I am the trusts Conservation Adviser on Ancient Woodland, and despite my efforts to unravel and comprehend their complex ecology, I discover every single day that our ancient wooded habitats are even richer and more complicated than I realised the day before. My work focuses on the conservation and restoration of ancient woodlands, and I spend as much time thinking about the history and future of our landscapes as I do the present


  • Alice Johnson

    Alice Johnson


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


  • Alice Whitehead

    Freelance writer, blogger, gardener and street tree defender

    I love to grow, eat and get muddy. When the trees on my street started to disappear, I joined forces with the Woodland Trust to raise awareness in my community of the threats street trees face and to celebrate those we still have left.


  • 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

    Content Manager

    I'm passionate about British wildlife and love spending time in nature. When I'm not taking to the keyboard to try to inspire that same connection in others I like to test my outdoor and fieldcraft skills with wildlife photography, wild camping and birdwatching.  


  • Andy Bond

    Andy Bond

    Senior PR officer

    I have a passion for the outdoors and nature. My role is to inspire and inform people about everything our 1,000+ woods across the UK have to offer.


  • Arina Nagy-Vizitiu

    Public Affairs Officer - Scotland

    Now is an important time for forestry in Scotland and I am part of the team helping to deliver the Trust’s vision through campaigns and external affairs. 


  • 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 Owen Fisher a Digital Content Officer for the Woodland Trust

    Becky Owen-Fisher


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


  • Ben Fogle

    Ben Fogle

    TV presenter and explorer

    Ben Fogle is a traveller, adventurer and dad, and talks about his love for woods and trees.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Cat Scott and Hannah Walker

    Research scientists

    Leaders of the i-Tree Leeds project, Hannah and Cat are research scientists with a passion for nature.


  • 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.


  • Charlie Mellor

    Content Manager

    I love spending time outdoors - there's always so much to see and learn about, whatever the weather or season. Watching wildlife is one of my favourite things to do - I'm a big red squirrel fan!


  • Charlotte Armitage

    Citizen Science Officer

    I look after the Nature’s Calendar citizen science project, which is a great opportunity for anyone to get involved with recording nature.


  • 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 talk to anyone who will listen about our current campaign work, threats from tree pests and diseases and how we help communities look after their local woods.


  • 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

    Research & Evidence Co-ordinator

    I co-ordinate the Woodland Trust’s Research Programme. I recently completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh using citizen science to look at the timing of spring in UK woodlands.


  • Claire Harwood

    Grants officer

    I help fundraise for our work from a range of grant funders and I am lucky enough to be involved with amazing projects right across the UK. It is so satisfying to know that I am helping to get support for our beautiful trees and woods and to see the enormous benefits they bring to people and wildlife as a result.


  • Claire Martin

    Programme manager

    I manage the Centenary Woods (First World War) Programme which has created a natural, lasting legacy to those who lived and served in the First World War through the establishment of four new Centenary Woods in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. These woods are sites of remembrance and reflection but also provide homes for wildlife and the opportunity to access nature and inspire people.


  • Clive Anderson

    Our President

    Clive Anderson has been our president for more than ten years, having taken a long interest in the problems facing the natural world and trees in particular. Clive is a barrister and broadcaster. He has presented a variety of comedy and chat shows – and some more serious programmes – on a range of radio and television networks.


  • 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 Scott

    Treescape development lead, Northern Ireland

    I have been working in the rural sector for almost 20 years in Scotland and Northern Ireland, following a passion for our countryside as I’m never happier than when outdoors. Developing landscape scale projects in Northern Ireland for the Trust, with trees and woods as the building blocks for resilience, is opening up exciting new opportunities that will benefit both wildlife and people.


  • David Alderman

    Head Verifier

    I am an ancient and veteran tree enthusiast. I work with the Ancient Tree Inventory and the Tree Register to raise awareness of our tree heritage.


  • David Rose


    David is a mixed farmer in Nottinghamshire.


  • David Ward

    Owner of an ancient woodland in Yorkshire

    “Three years ago I bought a four acre, mixed broadleaf PAWS woodlot in Yorkshire. I was a retired telecommunications engineer and knew virtually nothing about woodland management but was keen to learn.”


  • 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.


  • Denise Tegerdine, Woodland Trust employee

    Denise Tegerdine

    Street Trees Project Administrator

    I’m the Woodland Trust’s street trees project administrator. I am passionate about the natural environment and love walking my dog amongst the trees of Belton Park.


  • Donald Scott


    I have had a love for woods and wild places since my childhood in rural East Sussex. I work as an ecologist and have a specialism in plant and habitat conservation. I really enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for trees and woodland with others.


  • 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.


  • Dwayne Fields

    Guest Blogger

    As a child in wild Jamaica, Dwayne loved nature and wildlife and wanted to reconnect to his early life in the forests and hilltops of Jamaica.

    So in 2010, Dwayne set himself his first of many challenges, becoming the first black Briton to walk over 400 miles to the magnetic North Pole. On his return he was invited to Buckingham Palace, joining other polar explorers and adventurers and at a reception to mark the centenary of Scott’s expedition to the South Pole.


  • Eleanor Clark

    Conservation Volunteer

    I have always loved nature and the outdoors! As a child I used to love exploring the wildlife in my garden at home and going on walking holidays to the Yorkshire dales with my family. I have recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Biology and I am now volunteering for the Conservation department at the Woodland Trust.


  • Elisabeth Garton

    Elisabeth Garton


    I edit Broadleaf magazine, which mails quarterly to our 250,000 members. It’s crammed with fascinating features, news and first-class photography from the world of woods and wildlife. Read all about it!


  • 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 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.


  • Emma Briggs

    Programme lead - urban

    Since I can remember I’ve always loved being outdoors. Trees and woodland are such beautiful spaces for nature and I love developing the Woodland Trust’s work with urban woods and trees. 


  • Fiona Collins

    Assistant Editor - Broadleaf Magazine

    Growing up on the Gwenffrwd and Dinas Nature Reserve in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains, trees and conservation are in my blood. I feel immensely privileged to be able to share my passion for the natural world with the Trust’s members through my role as assistant editor of Broadleaf.


  • 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 Harris


    I am a lecturer in Environmental Management at the University of Hertfordshire, with an interest in environmental education. In addition to research and teaching about outdoor learning, I am a forest school practitioner and run Outdoor Learning Experiences offering forest school and farm visits.


  • 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.


  • Greg Tingey


    I am a scientist, amateur gardener and Nature’s Calendar recorder. I’ve had an allotment for 10 years so appreciate the turning of the seasons and effects of weather and climate change on the environment. I like to cycle a bit and dance as well.


  • Gwenda Diack

    Cairngorms Wild Plants project officer

    I love my work as it allows me to use the skills and knowledge I developed as a senior ranger and a National Park ecologist.  I am always looking for ways to help share my passion for wild plants that live in this amazing part of Scotland and I hope that through this project, I can help conserve their future.  


  • Hannah Vickers

    Content Editor

    I am an animal lover with a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors. 


  • Harvina Bains

    Digital innovation assistant

    I help communicate the messages of the Trust in new ways to reach more people so we can all create, protect and restore woodland together. No matter what’s going on around us, I find trees are a constant reminder to stay grounded and keep on growing.



  • Hayley Broad

    Hayley Broad


    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!


  • 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.


  • Photograph of Helen Sanderson Keating

    Helen Keating

    Content Manager

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


  • Hilary Hinks

    Volunteer heritage researcher

    A heritage researcher on the ancient woodland restoration project, researching the history of ancient woodland, past owners, uses, archaeology, folklore and legends. In my spare time I love walking in hills and mountains, exploring woodlands, connecting with nature and singing!


  • Hollie Anderson

    Hollie Anderson

    PR Officer & Celebrity Liaison

    I'm passionate about telling stories that bring our native woods to the fore. Whether that’s about getting families to explore the great outdoors, or tackling major threats and issues - it feels great to champion nature and wildlife.


  • Jack Taylor author image

    Jack Taylor


    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 Martin

    Content Editor

    I produce content to highlight and support the work we do with partners to stand up for trees. I am passionate about the UK's woodlands and the wildlife they contain.


  • James Paterson

    Conservation Adviser - Ecosystem Services

    My role at the Woodland Trust is to provide advice and support on the myriad ways trees can benefit society.


  • 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.


  • Janet Suzman

    Royal Shakespeare Company actress

    Actress and owner of a five acre wood in Suffolk.


  • Jenny Everitt


    Teaching Trees Education Officer for Derbyshire


  • Jerry Langford

    Public affairs manager (Wales)

    I work to build support for the adoption and implementation of tree and woodland friendly policies and practices.   


  • 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.


  • Joe Bates

    Content Editor

    I am passionate about the UK's woodlands and the wildlife they contain. Enjoy hiking, cycling and wandering off the beaten track. 


  • John Hayhurst

    Ancient Woodland Restoration Project Researcher

    I work for the British Library and have conducted research for the Ancient Woodland Restoration Project. I am currently living off-grid in a caravan in the Sussex woods.


  • 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 Drori


    I was was a trustee at the Woodland Trust until 2017. My passion for trees led me to the cause and I have now released a book called Around the World in 80 Trees to showcase their beauty.


  • Joseph Coles

    Project Lead - Street Trees

    Everyone loves trees - I refuse to believe otherwise, but sometimes people need reminding and I want to help.


  • 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


  • Julia Webb


    Julia Webb is senior lecturer and course leader of the biosciences programme at University of Gloucestershire.


  • Julian Fellowes


    Julian is the writer and creator of ITV series Downton Abbey as well as an actor, novelist, Oscar-winning screenwriter and member of the House of Lords.


  • Julian Rollins

    Broadleaf freelance writer

    I write and blog about the environment and countryside.


  • Karen Hornigold

    Assistant Conservation Adviser - Data & Information

    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.


  • 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.


  • Katherine Owen

    Ancient Woodland Restoration Engagement Manager

    I've been at the Trust, just over 10 years now and I am currently working on the HLF Ancient Woodland Restoration Project as the Engagement Manager, working across the x10 project areas in the UK. I am leading on the Learning and Training side of the project, working with the Project Officers to develop training and resources for Contractors, Landowners and Environmental Professionals. As well as external training, I will be working with others to develop training for us to learn within the Woodland Trust, which will include the development of Podcasts for online training. So watch this space!


  • 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 Editor

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


  • Keith Wilkinson MBE

    Volunteer Speaker

    Keith is a volunteer speaker for the Woodland Trust, honorary secretary of Bilton Conservation Group (established 1983) and honorary chairman of Nidd Gorge Advisory Partnership (established 1984).


  • Keri Lloyd


    I’m the Chairman of the Friends of Bilbrook, which was formed along with other village residents in 2011 with the aim to improve the open spaces in the village. My group planted the Jubilee Wood, with trees from the Woodland Trust, in 2012 to mark the occasion of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.


  • 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 Smith

    Policy Officer for Wales Environment Link

    Liz leads on Assembly advocacy with the Species Champion project


  • Llinos Humphreys

    Communications and engagement manager – Wales

    I’m very lucky to be part of a great team here in Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales. I’m often found outdoors exploring nature whilst running, hiking and relaxing.


  • Llinos Price

    Policy officer - Wales

    I have worked as an environmental policy analyst and advocate for twenty years, striving to achieve better environmental law, policy and governance to protect and enhance nature. 


  • Louise Taylor

    Citizen Science Project Officer

    I 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.


  • 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.


  • Martha Boalch

    Citizen Science Officer

    I look after the Nature’s Calendar citizen science project. It’s a great opportunity for anyone to get involved with recording nature, from frogspawn and field maple to brambles and blackbirds. Our records go back to 1736 and we currently have over 5,000 fabulous recorders.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Mima Letts


    Mima is a forestry student at Bangor University and founder of Tree Sparks, a social enterprise aiming to ignite conversation with young people about trees.


  • Nadiya Hussain


    I won BBC's The Great British Bake Off in 2015 and love visiting local woods to forage for ingredients. 


  • Naomi Tilley

    Assistant Campaigner – Policy and Advocacy

    I work in the campaigns team and look after the Super Campaigners in Special Branch. These volunteers do an amazing job at spreading our campaigns far and wide. We currently have over 50 hardworking Supers across the country. 


  • Natalie Stephenson

    Senior PR officer

    As press officers everywhere know, not every role gives you the chance to shout about genuinely great things! Here, there’s a passion to get a better deal for woods and trees that’s exciting to be part of.


  • Neil Oxley

    Site Manager

    I’m passionate about urban woods and green spaces. These are often seen as less important for nature than the countryside, but our urban woods need to be recognised as vital havens for wildlife and places for people to get close to nature near to where they live and work. Urban trees and woods are the best!


  • Neil Parish


    MP for Tiverton and Honiton and chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee


  • 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 Burton

    Woodland owner

    I own a woodland in Mid Wales and am working with the Woodland Trust to restore it. I love that trees are the biggest living thing we see every day.


  • 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.


  • Nicole Hillier

    Assistant Campaigner - Ancient Woodland

    As assistant campaigner for the woods under threat team, I love spending every day helping local communities to protect their ancient woods and trees, and all the wonderful creatures that live within them.


  • Nigel Pugh

    Campaigns officer Wales

    I campaign for Coed Cadw – Woodland Trust in Wales. Environmental restoration and our reconnect to its nature is the solution to many of our issues in adapting to, or in mitigating climate change. The disconnect from our immediate environment has brought us to a crisis. This needs addressing as soon as possible. 


  • 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 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.


  • Paula Sinclair


    I am curriculum leader of outdoor learning at St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh. I see multiple benefits for children and an opportunity to maximise learning by using the outdoors, both as a platform for standard curricular subjects and for learning from Mother Nature herself.


  • Peter Fiennes


    Author of 'Oak and ash and thorn: the ancient woods and new forests of Britain'.


  • Rachel Hoskins

    Content Editor

    I'm a lifelong city dweller with a special appreciation for a good wood. I love a big walk to clear my head, the more trees the better!


  • 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 O'Callaghan

    Regional External Affairs Officer - North

    My work is focused on influencing councils and other policymakers in the North of England to adopt policies and practices that are favourable to trees and woods. It’s a privilege to be involved in an exciting project like the Northern Forest as I’m passionate about making England’s green and pleasant land greener and more pleasant.


  • 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.


  • 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 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.


  • Sally-Ann Smurthwaite

    Assistant Campaigner - Policy & Advocacy

    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.


  • Sam Hall


    Sam is a senior research fellow at Bright Blue.


  • Sam Packer

    Campaigns Officer - Wales

    I love being in woodlands and am dedicated to putting trees at the centre of the Welsh landscape.


  • Sarah Lawfull


    A lifelong lover of trees I work to promote wellbeing and improve outcomes for all through quality forest school programmes. I set up Where The Fruit Is to provide significant experiences for children, young people and educators, leading to long-lasting and meaningful connections with nature.


  • Sarah Rouse

    Charter project officer

    As Charter project officer, my job is all about connecting people and trees. I love hearing about people’s experiences with nature. We have used these memories and experiences to create the Tree Charter, which will set out our rights to our trees and woods in the future.


  • 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.


  • Sarah Unia

    Estate Communications Officer - South

    My role is to interpret our magnificent woods in a way that helps visitors understand and value the landscape they are experiencing. It’s a privilege to be immersed in the beauty of trees and to be able to share this experience with others.


  • 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. 


  • Sofia Nazar-Chadwick

    Lead marketing manager - supporter recruitment

    I'm a tree lover and hugger, responsible for attracting new members to the Woodland Trust and interested in how trees have made their mark on our historical and cultural landscape.


  • Steve Marsh

    Steve Marsh

    PR Manager

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


  • Stuart Dainton

    Head of innovation

    I’m passionate about inspiring positive change in the UK landscape and promoting greater awareness of the benefits of our natural environment.  


  • Sue Hayman


    MP for Workington and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


  • Suzi Martineau

    Tree Conference founder

    A mother and secondary school maths teacher who recently founded and ran the first ever Tree Conference in Glastonbury, Somerset.


  • Teya in the woods

    Teya Weller

    Guest blogger

    Teya lives on a farm in Lincolnshire, surrounded by woodlands. She loves the wildlife and walking through the different habitats, looking at all the new things to find.


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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.


  • Valerie I Hurst


    I have been inspired by nature since early childhood. I followed a pathway into business, lectured in business and qualified with an MBA from the University of Leicester. My interest in the natural world has never waned and I have observed for the Woodland Trust for 20 years.   


  • 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.


  • Victoria Granger


    I'm a PhD student at the University of Nottingham and find ancient trees fascinating as they can tell us so much information about our history and culture, as well as being a vital resource for many organisms. I also love how aesthetically interesting and unique each ancient tree looks and am enjoying learning how to spot them in different environments.



  • Vincent Crump

    Consultant Editor

    I've spent 20 years roving Britain's hills and dales with a notebook, so writing for Broadleaf magazine feels like a real privilege.


  • Viv Halcrow

    Croft Woodlands - Western Isles

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


  • Victoria Phillips

    Senior Copywriter

    My passion is using words to spark a connection between people and trees – I want to inspire others to love woodland and the wildlife that depends on it as much as I do.


  • Kevin Stanley

    PR officer

    I’m really excited about working with the local and national press on stories from the Trust. Whether they're about campaigns such as HS2 and saving ancient woodland, or lighter topics, I’m focussed on educating people about how important trees are for people and wildlife.


  • Baroness Barbara Young

    Chairman of the Woodland Trust

    Barbara, Baroness Young of Old Scone, is a Member of the House of Lords with special interests, among others, in the environment, agriculture, natural resources and climate change. She has been Chairman of the Woodland Trust since 2016 and Chancellor of Cranfield University since 2010.