Neath | Friends of Craig Gwladus Events
- Craig Gwladys Woods
Our main Wales office is in Machynlleth, Powys, but we have staff based across Wales.
Please note: Until further notice all Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) staff are working remotely due to the Coronavirus pandemic and can be contacted by email.
Amie is an anthropologist by background with experience in teaching and project management. She is currently the Manager for Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales), where she co-ordinates the Actif Woods Wales, social forestry programme. This project focuses on health and wellbeing activities in woodlands across Wales. Amie manages the effective delivery of the project, balancing the requirements of stakeholders from the health, environment and training sectors. She also raises the profile of Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales), taking forward the strategic direction, whilst developing funding ideas to build the scope and breadth of Social Forestry programmes.
Katy has worked for Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) since 2007, helping to establish the Actif Woods Wales social forestry programme in 2010. She job-shares management of social forestry programmes in Wales with Amie Andrews, focusing mainly on project development and fundraising. More recently she has also taken on some responsibilities for coordinating fundraising for the Small Woods Association across the UK. Katy enjoys being outdoors cycling, walking and gardening with her young family. Katy has a background in modern languages. Her interest in wild places and forests stems originally from a year spent living and working near Lake Baikal in eastern Russia 20 years ago, while learning Russian. She has worked for environmental charities ever since.
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’. Ceri has a passion for anything outdoors, permaculture, gardening and spending time with her family. 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.
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). She 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.
Laura is an artist and community champion. She loves walking in the woods and on the mountains journaling about the wildlife of her local area – in particular wildflowers. She has a background in public sector project management, delivering projects that help communities overcome the barriers to health and prosperity. Her dream for Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) is to support communities all over Wales to engage with their beautiful, historical landscape and view themselves as custodians. Her favourite tree is Hawthorn as it is steeped in folklore, has amazing medicinal properties and is also her birth month tree on the Ogham calendar.
Cathy has 20 years experience working for a variety of 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.
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.
Chris is fueled by transformational individual and social change for our collective world and has worked with people across the Education, Charity, Event and Environment sectors for 15 years bringing projects to successful fruition and seeing the awesome individual and social change. Chris has ‘range,’ and her knowledge and experience extends from communications and marketing to reading the science of Sustainability and Behaviour Change at Masters level, training as a counsellor and developing 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.
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. Claire’s favourite trees are Hawthorn and Elder because of the fascinating stories of folklore that surround them.
Mim enjoys trail walking and wild swimming and is passionate about learning Welsh. She is studying part-time for a Graphic Design degree and values the opportunities to use her skills when producing publicity and other materials for Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales). Her previous roles have been in the sustainability sector, including at the Centre for Alternative Technology and the Centre for Sustainable Energy. She loves Beech trees.
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.
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.
Sabine Soosten is German/Austrian born but very much at home and settled in Wales. She is a lover of nature, especially woodlands, and her main passions are mindfulness and nature connection. Sabine is a qualified Forest School Leader, a Social Forestry Practitioner and a Mindfulness in the Woods Practitioner. As a Project Officer she covers Wrexham, Denbighshire and Flintshire. Sabine is a member of the Woodland Skills Centre team delivering social prescribing programmes supporting a wide range of people. She also runs a comprehensive programme of Mindfulness in Nature.
Rod is interested in people, the natural environment and the interface between the two. He spent 35 years teaching in secondary schools and has 20 years of experience setting up and managing the Woodland Skills Centre. Rod has skills in coppicing, green wood crafts, woodland management, environmental management.
Melissa is enthusiastic and passionate about nature and loves spending time outside, especially in woodlands. As well as working for Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales), 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.
Laura loves all sport, from triathlons to yoga, and enjoys eating good food. She is a Nutritional Therapist with a special interest in nutrition for happiness. Her past roles have included Go For It Programme Manager, where she supported young families to be more active.
Anna enjoys helping people to be active and creative outdoors. She has previous experience as an outdoor instructor, overseas expedition leader and cycle guide. She’s skilled in willow weaving, basket making, green woodwork and coppicing. Her favourite tree is the majestic beech.
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 Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales) she 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.
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.