Working Woodlands Cornwall is a Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2017 to improve the health and biodiversity of Cornwall’s woods, bring neglected woodlands back into sustainable management, and increase access for all.
MEET THE TEAM
TOM KEMP – DIRECTOR
Tom has been involved with woodland management for the last fifteen years. He actively manages a number of woods and woodland creation projects in Cornwall as well as providing forestry consultancy. His latest personal projects include using rare breed pigs for woodland creation ground preparation and close-to-nature pork
NICK JARVIS – DIRECTOR
Nick first got into woodland management in 2014, volunteering with his local community woodland group. In 2015 he completed his Permaculture Design Certificate, and then began a 3-yr apprenticeship in traditional woodland management. He now works in woodland management operations, consultancy and planning. He is passionate about integrating farming and forestry to create a biodiverse, productive future.
Previously, Nick had been working as an Events Manager in the Arts and finding a route into a forestry career seemed difficult at first. This sparked a particular interest in making forestry more accessible to all.
Emma has a background in environmental science and is currently studying towards an MSc in Agroforestry and Food Security and the Permaculture Diploma.
She is working with WWC to apply her learning in a practical context, and gain skills in woodland management, forestry consultancy and design implementation. Her hope is to become an experienced agroforestry designer and woodland advisor to help secure a resilient food and fuel future.
CHERYL YARHAM – DIRECTOR
Cheryl grew up in Hampshire between the New Forest and the Solent. From a young age she always loved nature, animals, and the environment. As an experienced team leader and scientist, Cheryl is helping WWC develop citizen science projects.
Currently Cheryl volunteers at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust 1-2 days a week. She started off helping ERCCIS with the mapping of Cornish hedges using ArcGIS. When that project came to fruition she was asking to stay on and help with the Marine Strandings Network as a data analysist.
GRACE FINNIE – APPRENTICE
Grace is our new Kickstart Apprentice. She first experienced what sustainable forestry can entail during our volunteer days at Devichoys, which highlighted her enthusiasm for working amongst the trees. This apprenticeship opens up a new pathway in her career toward ancient tree conservation and she is very excited to deepen her practical forestry knowledge with us.
In her spare time Grace is a visual artist, whose photographic work is an ode to her love of old growth trees. Her infrared tree portraits aim to reignite human connection to our environment and spark a new fascination towards plants. She is also in the early stages of creating a modern archive of all the ancient and special trees in the UK. A blog post that Grace has written, about her apprenticeship with us can be found through this link – https://workingwoodlandscornwall.com/apprentice-blog/
GEORGE CHAPMAN – WORK PLACEMENT STUDENT
George is a BSc Conservation and Biology student from Exeter University, and he’s joining us for a few months to start an exciting long-term study on the effect of coppicing on woodland bird populations! He says…
“I’ve always been passionate about conservation and my previous and current experience in wildlife made it possible to utilise my knowledge to a company I know can make in impact. WWC perfectly provides this opportunity, allowing me to be an ecological consultant, as I am the leader of the project in discovering whether coppicing can affect bird diversity.”
A FEW OF OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS…
ABOUT DEVICHOYS WOODLAND
Devichoys Wood Nature Reserve is an ancient, semi-natural woodland (Sessile Oak with Hazel, Holly and Rowan understory) with a long history of coppicing and charcoal burning. Active management appears to have ceased around 1940 resulting in the current neglected state of the wood.
Working Woodlands Cornwall will restore Devichoys wood to a productive coppice that is a valuable asset to the local community – producing firewood, charcoal and many more woodland products.
Coppicing is an extremely sustainable woodland management technique practised in Britain since prehistoric times, and selected by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust (who own the land) as the best way to manage the woodland for biodiversity and conservation benefits.