Our Woodland Management Team


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Woodland Management and Training Coordinator

Portrait of Tom Dillon

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.


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 Co-ordinator for Wales
 Chris Jackson

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.


Woodland Management Project Officers (North Wales)
 Portrait of Pete Gardner

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 Officer (South Wales)

Anna Stickland

Anna Stickland
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07765 213 514

Anna has worked for Small Woods since 2013 in a number of roles across South Wales. 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.

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Sustainable Woodland Management OCN L3

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  • 07 Jul 2022 - 09 Jul 2022
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Warren Woods: Members Woodland Visit

  • The Woodland Skills Centre, Denbighshire 10am - 3:30pm
  • 16 Jul 2022 - 16 Jul 2022
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