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