About me


I have worked in the area of environmental crafts and conservation for over 15 years now. Having first completed a BA Art therapy degree, I went on to study conservation and environmental crafts.

Following my studies I worked with adults with mental health issues for approximately seven years teaching environmental crafts like woodland crafts, hedge laying, wildlife habitat creation and the construction and care of a tree nursery.

This lead me to teach in schools, environmental groups and places of further education, where I organised and ran woodland craft workshops to a wide variety of groups of all ages, abilities and walks of life.

Over this period I gained a wide variety of commissions from schools, conservation groups and community groups.






I was a self employed woodland crafts trainer at the Derbyshire Eco Centre for over 8 years.

A center promoting and teaching traditional rural crafts and skills, one of England’s leaders in this area of community education.

I also taught conservation to young adults at a local college, “Leek college of further education”.

I planned and ran woodland craft workshops for a Derbyshire based charity called “Rural Educational Arts Program” for 4 years in which I managed a small area of Ash woodland owned by Chatsworth Estate, belonging to the Duke of Devonshire.

Qualifications, training and certification

  • BA (Hons) Art therapy degree
  • First year Diploma in countryside related studies
  • Greenwood furniture training with Mike Abbott
  • Long bow and string making training
  • C & G Certificate in teaching adult learners 7307 Stages 1 & 2
  • License for chainsaw, strimmer and abrasive wheel training
  • Fully insured
  • Up to date police check
  • Full First Aid at work

Various short courses:

  • Deaf awareness,
  • Dual diagnoses,
  • Working with vulnerable children and adults
  • Substance misuse
  • Anti discrimination and mental health awareness


Just to say thanks for a great weekend hedge laying course. It was brilliantly run and everyone had a great time.
Tony Allen is a great guy who encouraged and inspired us all. It was nice to be in the company of such a lovely group of people.
Thanks once again and looking forward to the Dry stone walling.
 Kind regards
 Steve Wood