Our Woodland Management Team


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Amanda Calvert
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Amanda manages our Woodland Management Team, which works on woodland management and policy, delivery of projects, and overseeing member services including advice and events.

She has worked in the environmental sector for the last thirty years, building experience, knowledge and understanding of woodlands and the people that are part of the wooded landscape.

Amanda started working at Small Woods in 2014 as a Project Officer for the European SIMWOOD project, which aimed to increase the movement of wood from forests and woodlands in Europe. 

Woodland Management and Training Coordinator

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Tom Dillon
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Tom coordinates and teaches courses at the Green Wood Centre, as well as contributes to the management of the site.

He has been a green woodworker for over ten years, starting out as Mike Abbott’s chairmaking assistant in 2011. He lived and worked in various woodlands around Herefordshire, and worked in a green woodwork teaching role for a Special Education College for young adults in the West Midlands.  

His main crafts include green wood stool and chair-making, pole-lathe spindle and bowl-turning, spoon carving, and roundwood timber-framing, and his favourite tree is Ash.

Senior Woodland Officer

Portrait of John Morris John Morris
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John has over 40 years’ experience in woodland management, tree planting and woodland creation. He has been involved in many aspects of small woodland advice and practical assistance mostly in the Chilterns AONB, where he ran the Chiltern Woodlands Project, but also in Dorset and other parts of England. He has a particular interest in the history and archaeology of ancient woods in the Chilterns.

He is a founder member of Small Woods Association, a former chairman and been involved in many aspects of national forestry policy, most recently leading the Small Woods environmental land management Test and Trial.


Woodland Field Officer

Portrait of Neil MatthewsNeil Matthews
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Neil has a background in plant ecology, biocontrol, and treatment of invasive species. He graduated with a degree in environmental sciences and has practical experience from working on conservation projects in the Bridgend area of South Wales and Gower AONB.  These projects included green wood working, coppicing and restoration of a community woodland.

Currently working as Woodland Field Officer with Small Woods, Neil is also undertaking a part time PhD.  His thesis is on Oak Decline in the UK and is part of a collaborative project with Forest Research. 

Neil is a member of the Arboricultural Association and has a special interest in the role of mycorrhizal fungi in maintaining forest health.

Woodland Management Project Officers (North Wales)
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Peter Gardner
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Pete loves all things tree! He has worked for the last 11 years as a climbing arborist and arboricultural consultant, he holds a BSC in Conservation with Forestry and is a qualified Professional Tree Inspector.

Pete is currently one of two Woodland Management Project Officers for North Wales focusing on designing and facilitating practical woodland management with the focus on improving the condition of the woodlands Coed Lleol uses. He has a background in outdoor education and loves getting people outside and excited about nature.


John Mitchell

John Mitchell

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John has a varied  background, working on environmental and land management projects across the public, private and third sectors. With a specialism and particular fondness for trees and woodlands, he has endeavoured to prolong his childhood playing in the woods, just with louder and more expensive toys. Owing so much of his own personal happiness to time spent in nature, he feels obliged to pass this on and enable others to experience its benefits for themselves.


Woodland Management Project Officers (South Wales)

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Tom Eyles
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Tom started working at Small Woods in 2021, focusing on designing and facilitating practical woodland management.  focus on improving the condition of the woodlands uses. He job shares the role of Woodland Management Project Officer for South Wales with Anna Stickland.

Tom has worked in conservation and land management for the past 15 years, mostly for local authority and wildlife NGOs working with trees. He is trained in many aspects of tree and woodland management, focusing on the physical aspects of tree work, including tree climbing, and is currently studying for a level 4 Arboriculture diploma. He has a background in ecology and outdoor education. 

His favourite tree is whichever one he happens to be looking at, as they all have too many wonderful attributes to pick just one. 

Anna Stickland

Anna Stickland
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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 Engagement Officer for Craig Gwladus woodlands in Neath Port Talbot in our Social Forestry and Wellbeing team. She is now job sharing with Tom Eyles as the Woodland Management Project Officer for South Wales. Having worked in woodlands across the area for many years, her role is to help Small Woods Project Officers deliver more woodland management activities as part of their sessions.

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.

Training Coordinator

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Cathy Velmans
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Cathy has 20 years experience working for outdoor and environmental organisations including Natural Resources Wales, where she designed and delivered nature-based training for professionals, Forest School courses and woodland education sessions. 

She loves yoga, walking and being in the outdoors and also enjoys meeting and chatting to new people. Her favourite trees are Hawthorn for its beautiful flowers in spring and Oak for its strength and peace. 

Course Development Assistant 

Nadia Clarke
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Nadia assists with course development and promotion. She first came to the organisation as an intern, and enjoyed her experience so much that when the opportunity came up to work with us, she couldn't refuse. Initially working as a Communications Officer for Small Woods, 


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...


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...