BRINGING WOODLANDS TO LIFE

Our Social Forestry and Wellbeing Team

SOCIAL FORESTRY AND WELLBEING MANAGER 

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Amie Andrews

[email protected]
07786 375 881 

Amie manages our Social Forestry and Wellbeing Team. Her work focuses on health and wellbeing activities in woodlands across the UK. She manages the effective delivery of our social forestry and wellbeing projects, balancing the requirements of stakeholders from the health, environment and training sectors.

Amie also raises the profile of Small Woods, taking forward the strategic direction, whilst developing funding ideas to build the scope and breadth of our social forestry programmes. 

Amie is an anthropologist by background with experience in teaching and project management.
 

Woodland Wellbeing Project Coordinator

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Ceri Williams
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Ceri has 20 years' experience in environmental project management in public, private and third sector settings with a background in conservation management, practical sustainability and community development.

Ceri is an open-hearted individual that deeply values working with passion and integrity. Working with Coed Lleol/ Small Woods Wales, Ceri takes much inspiration from developing mutually beneficial partnerships, living and working by Arisotle’s phrase ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.

As a pioneer tree that easily populates new habitats and known also as Lady of the Woods , her favourite tree is the Birch tree which in Celtic mythology represents renewal and purification.

North Wales Coordinator

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Kate Clements 
[email protected]
07875 586 790

Kate has a background in Environmental Education, coming from a Geography teaching background. She ran successful projects in the Great North Forest before coming to work at Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales).

Kate is good at working and relating to people from diverse backgrounds, and loves being outdoors, mountain walking with her family, and travelling.

Her favourite trees are Apples, as they are both edible and beautiful.

Mid and West Wales Co-ordinator


Chris Jackson

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Chris is fuelled by transformational individual and social change for our collective world. She has worked with people across the Education, Charity, Event and Environment sectors for over 20 years bringing projects to successful fruition and seeing the awesome individual and social change.

Chris has ‘range,’ and her knowledge and experience extends from project and events management to communications and marketing to reading the science of Sustainability and Behaviour Change at Masters level. She's begun training to be a counsellor and has worked as a horse logger.

She loves horseplay, yoga, meditation, baths, living off grid and growing food and community resilience. All trees have a place in Chris’ heart but there’s an affinity with Birch as the pioneer and with the wisdom and slowness of Oak.

Outdoor Health Project Officer (North Wales)

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Lauren Wood
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Lauren is passionate about bringing nature and people closer together. She spent 10 years working in environmental and outdoor education for organisations such as RSPB and Field Studies Council and led overseas expeditions to places like Borneo before her body told her to slow down.

Life is now slightly more sedate with a lot more meditation and book reading but when she isn’t wild swimming, baking cookies, writing songs, or working for Small Woods, she runs a part time wilderness and well-being coaching business for women.

Her favourite tree is Beech for the beautiful colours.

Outdoor Health Project Officer (South Wales)

Dawn Parker
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Dawn has a lot of experience working with vulnerable children and families through her background in the health and social care sector. She started volunteering at her local community garden in 2021, which led her to re-train to be a Wellbeing in Nature Practitioner and Social Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner.

Dawn aims to support others to benefit from being in and connecting with nature. She loves all things connected the outdoors, from having long walks in the woodlands with her dog and  family, to swimming in the sea. 

Her favourite tree is the Hawthorn for its flowers and scent in spring, red berries in autumn and heart health properties.

Research and Evaluation Officer

Natasha Simons

Natasha Simons
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Natasha loves art, cooking, aromatherapy and travel. After completing her PhD, she specialised in designing and delivering evaluation strategies for charities, educational outreach organisations and museums. She is also experienced in report writing and funding bids.

She has worked as the Lead Evaluator on several larger scale projects run by the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Physics.

Her favourite tree is the Tulip Tree, because they are beautiful and remind her of her aunt who loves her garden.

Social Enterprise Development Officer

Tristan Haynes

Tristan Haynes
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Tristan oversees a number of pilot projects that are based around engaging communities local to our headquarters in Coalbrookdale. Through a new community interest company, he works on the long-term community-based management  of up to 500 hectares of council-owned woodlands, improving their benefit to the environment, community health and wellbeing and educational and occupational opportunities.

Having held a lifelong interest in the environment, and following years of voluntary work in managing land for recreation and conservation in his home county of Dorset, Tristan studied for a BSc in Land Management from the University of Reading. After gaining some practical experience in agriculture in Dorset and South Australia, he took up the opportunity to study for a Masters in Sustainable Development based at Holme Lacy College in Herefordshire. Subsequent to this he secured a role at a charitable organisation in Shropshire, that had been involved in the course, and went on to work in regional and European projects, including the development bioenergy supply chains and deploying sustainable energy technologies in commercial and community buildings. 

Online Services & Training Project Officer

Laura Bryan
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Laura loves all sports, from football to yoga and has recently found a love for trail running. When she isn't working for Coed Lleol, she has a Nutritional Therapy business that specialises in nutrition for mental wellbeing.

As a real foodie, Laura unsurprisingly loves learning all about the incredible plants she can forage from her local environment.

Data Administrative Officer

Claire Tuxworth

Claire Tuxworth
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Claire loves being outdoors, going for long walks and exploring new places – especially woodlands! Along with helping to support the team in her admin role at Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales)

Claire runs her own art business where she combines her art practice with her love of the natural world.

Her favourite trees are Hawthorn and Elder because of the fascinating stories of folklore that surround them.

Leader and Participant Administrator 

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Pippa Hodges
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Pippa is a market gardener and a student at The Centre for Alternative Technology. She comes from a background in child & adolescent counselling and is enjoying bridging this experience with nature connection and its benefits to wellbeing. 

Pippa is interested in the ecological restoration projects, and how communities can become embedded in their success. She loves outdoor cooking and indoor movie-watching.  Her favourite tree is the hawthorn, for all the beauty and nourishment it provides season to season.

Social Forestry Project Officers based around Wales

ANGLESEY

Vivienne Plank

Vivienne Plank
Actif Woods Anglesey Programme Support
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07932 924 652

Vivienne loves music and the outdoors. As well as working at Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales), she is an Assistant Manager in a gift shop at a busy tourist attraction in Anglesey, runs social media accounts promoting live music, and stage manages at festivals.

Vivienne hopes that one day there will be a Green Wood and Woodland Skills Centre in Anglesey.

Her favourite tree is Oak, as she has a relationship with a particular local oak tree.

CARMARTHENSHIRE
Becky Brandwood-Cormack

Becky Brandwood-Cormack
Woodland Wellbeing Project Officer for Carmarthenshire
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Becky loves playing outside, whether that’s trail running, mountain biking, wild swimming or a mindful stroll in the woods. She enjoys foraging for medicinal plants, bird watching and tree hugging. She has studied nutrition and loves tasty, healthy plant-based food to maximise her physical and mental health. Becky is passionate about nature and encouraging others to build their connection with the natural world in order to create a more harmonious and reciprocal relationship.

She has previously worked in leisure centre management and sports development, holistic wellness and is co-founder of the Free Hugs initiative in South Wales.

She can’t possibly choose a favourite tree as they are all so unique and offer us so much in terms of medicine, wisdom and beauty.

CEREDIGION

Cath Cave

Cath Cave
Project Officer for Ceredigion 
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FLINTSHIRE, DENBIGHSHIRE & WREXHAM 

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Rebecca Hennessey
Woodland Wellbeing Project Officer for Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham 
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Rebecca has worked for over 25 years within education, health and the third sector with people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and young offenders.  Rebecca helps to manage her local community woodland and is passionate about supporting the community to benefit from spending time outdoors.

Rebecca is also a music therapist, piano teacher and she enjoys many craft activities including processing, spinning and weaving fleeces.

Rebecca walked the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way in 2016 and she encountered many ancient trees along the way.  Rebecca’s favourite tree would have to be the yew tree due to its longevity and ability to rejuvenate.  

 

GWYNEDD 
 
Melissa Dhillon

Melissa Dhillon
Project Officer Gwynedd  
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Melissa is enthusiastic and passionate about nature and loves spending time outside, especially in woodlands. As well as working for Small Woods, she is a freelance forest school leader and social forestry practitioner and works for a community woodland group as an Education Officer.

Her favourite tree is blackthorn in spring, birch in summer, maple in autumn and beech in winter.

NEATH PORT TALBOT 

Katie Barrett

Katie Barrett
Community Health and Wellbeing Officer - Lost Peatlands Project Officer
Woodland Wellbeing Woodland Project Officer (Jobshare with Suzanne Chapple)
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Katie Barrett is a wildlife fanatic with interests and skills in horticulture, mental well-being, wildlife rescue and eating cake. She has a background in environmental science and working with people with disabilities.

Her favourite trees are beech trees, because their colours in autumn are stunning.

 

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Suzanne Chapple
Woodland Wellbeing Woodland Project Officer (Jobshare with Katie Barrett)
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Alongside her new Project Officer role, Suzanne is a freelance Forest School and Woodland Leader who loves helping people connect with nature and woodlands. 

In her spare time, she practises yoga, is studying Permaculture and enjoys spending time in her garden and exploring different woodlands with her children and the dog.

Her favourite tree is the Hawthorn. She used to spend a lot of time sitting in the one in her garden as a child and still feels very drawn to them. She is lucky enough to have one in her garden too!

 

Anna Stickland

Anna Stickland
Engagement Worker Craig Gwladus
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07765 213 514

Anna has worked for Small Woods since 2013 in a number of roles across South Wales, including Project Officer for Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil, and now Engagement Officer for Craig Gwladus woodlands in Neath Port Talbot. She is also job shares the role of Woodland Management Project Officer for South Wales with Tom Eyles in our Woodland Management team. 

Anna likes to be both creative and active outdoors and enjoys passing on her skills to others. Her background is as an outdoor pursuits instructor and overseas expedition leader, as well as being a cycle guide, a coppice and green wood worker. She is also a basket maker who teaches, accepts commissions and exhibits widely.

 

SWANSEA 

Nico Swansea

Nico Jenkins
Project Officer Swansea 
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07902 523 567

Nico is a people person who loves walking her dog and swimming in the sea in the summer months. She has specialist knowledge in medicinal woodland fungi and an interest in woodland ecology and food foraging.

Before coming to work at Small Woods, Nico worked at a variety of places, including Bangor University’s Centre for Alternative Land Use, The Wallich and MIND Swansea.

Her favourite tree is Elder, because it gives us both Elderflowers and Elderberries.


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Ben Bonham
Working with Nature Engagement Officer
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Ben feels lucky to be based in the beautiful Swansea valley. Growing up with the woodland as his playground inspired him to work for nature. As a teenager he began a youth group for people interested in nature, which is still running eleven years later. 

Ben has a degree in Zoology, has worked some short-term conservation roles, as a freelance nature guide, had periods of unemployment, and in worked retail. These experiences have inspired him to inform people about the natural world and invigorate them to act for it, no matter what walk of life they come from.

His favourite tree is the Alder Buckthorn because its elegant, often found in ancient woodland and next to rivers, its small and is great for wildlife.


GWENT


Chris Partridge
Project Officer for Gwent
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07759 954 088

Chris is a native Geordie, but rooted in Cwmbran for over 12 years. He has a background in diabetes research and countryside management and has worked at BTCV Cymru and Keep Wales Tidy. He’s passionate about getting people interested in looking after their local green spaces for the benefits of people and wildlife.

Chris set up and still runs his own Community Group (The Friends of Henllys LNR) which over 10 years has transformed how this area is used and viewed by local people of all ages.

He doesn’t have a favourite tree, but if he did it could be apple tree as it gives nectar in the spring and fruit for people and wildlife in the autumn.

Courses
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Timber Measuring

  • Cashel Forest Trust, Rowardennan, Glasgow, G63 0AW
  • 25 Feb 2022 - 25 Feb 2022
The course is designed to provide woodland owners, managers, agents and contractors the ability to calculate accurately timber volumes in standing trees, woodland compartments and road side stacks. more...

Events
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Firewood: The New Regulations, Small Firewood Producer Workshop

  • Online 18:30pm - 19:30pm
  • 10 Feb 2022 - 10 Feb 2022
We have had a number of requests to repeat this workshop so, if you are producing small volumes of firewood and are worried about the new regulations which come into force this spring then why not come along. We will also provide an update on the new quality requirements if you own a boiler and are using your own firewood/chip for fuel. Read More...