Paul SwainstonSwainston Training NPTC City & Guilds Centre
Delivers and assesses a wide Range of NPTC Certificates of Competence in L2 &3 Forestry L2 Land Based Machinery and L2 Pests & Pesticides. From 2011-2019 worked with Children in Care with Learning & Behavioural Difficulties. Delivering City & Guilds Qualifications through practical Land Based Skills. Previously I worked as a Lecturer at both Holme Lacey and Hartpury Colleges.
Tom Eyles has been working in land-based conservation for over 10 years using all types of machinery with a particular interest in woodlands and arboriculture including tree climbing works. He recently trained as an assessor for city and guilds and works as an out centre instructor for MWMAC (welsh training and assessment specialists) and for the Gwent Wildlife Trust (GWT) as a Senior reserves officer. He has a deep passion for conservation and enjoys sharing this with others whilst teaching the finer points of working with machinery in an outdoor setting.
Charlie BallingerForestry Worker
My name is Charlie and I am a forestry worker. I spend my Winters on the chainsaw, working as part of a team of horse loggers. In the summers I like to build and craft with wood, utilising our saw Mill.
I began my woodland career at the Cherrywood Project. I learnt small scale low impact woodland management and living. This covered coppicing, charcoal burning, milling, greenwood working, small scale building, teaching and much much more. I love working in the woods. It’s hard graft but rewarding on so many levels.
Maurice ClotherTouch Wood
Maurice Clother has a Bangor degree in forestry, with a special interest in traditional woodland crafts. Since 2001 he has been teaching woodland crafts to many groups with therapeutic aims. He has developed a wide range of woodcraft skills since learning hurdle making from Ken Gaulton in Hampshire as a youth; then whilst studying and working in forestry he learned from the “Anglesey Chair Bodgers”, Mike Abbott and many others. He has learned from his own experience and observation of others that these simple, yet skilled craft activities can be very therapeutic.
Doug LloydGwent Wildlife
Doug Lloyd is woodland conservation officer for Gwent Wildlife Trust, advising woodland owners and managing woodland sites for wildlife – creating charcoal, firewood and timber in the process. He has worked in Nature conservation since 2002”
Alastair McGowanDry Stone Walling
Alastair is a stonemason, self-employment advocate, thinker and mentor. He spent his first ten working years as a soldier, gaining special forces experience. He then became a general/commercial stonemason with Tudor Rose Masons at Portland while also pursuing an academic interest in how and why people perform tasks and work. He has an MSc in work psychology and PhD in human performance in critical complex tasks, both from Cardiff University.
He teaches basic stonemasonry to beginners, its engineering and aesthetic and ecological qualities, with some tips about how to succeed in trading practical skills for a living. Being a craftsman is something that he believes comes from deep within the individual. It requires uncommon qualities but they can be nurtured in anyone for significant individual benefits and personal and social fulfilment.
Andy KarrenGwent Widlife Trust
Andy is Senior Conservation Ecologist at Gwent Wildlife Trust undertaking a wide range of ecological surveys, providing habitat management advice and leading guided walks.
Kate Mobbs-MorganRowan Working Horses
Rowan Working Horses was established in 2007 and is owned and run by Kate Mobbs-Morgan. Kate is based in Monmouthshire and with her 3 Ardennes primarily undertakes woodland management using the horses as a low impact extraction method. However, she also uses the horses for other land management work, teaching, training and demonstrations.
Mark HancockMachine Tools
A member of the Register of Professional Turners (RPT), Mark Hancock has been woodturning professionally for 30 years. During that time, he has progressed from selling at craft shows to being commissioned by the Foreign Office for work for visiting foreign dignitaries, creating a recognised style of work, participating in exhibitions at prominent galleries in the UK and abroad and demonstrating worldwide. As a result, he has important pieces included in private collections all over the world. In 2009 Mark was approached by Warwickshire College to help establish and teach part time woodturning courses. That has led on to his teaching full time with a recognised teaching qualification (PTLLS) and 10 years of teaching practice.
Michelle has a degree in Environmental Management and is an experienced woodland worker who specialises in pole lathe bowl turning, ash splint basketry and leather work. Her work aims to be low impact and part of a sustainable woodland management plan. She is passionate to keep woodland heritage crafts thriving.