Working Woodlands Cornwall is a Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2017 to increase community access to local woodlands, bring neglected woodlands back into sustainable management, and improve the health and biodiversity of Cornwall’s woods.

They provide a unique opportunity for people to get directly involved with managing their local woodland. The woodfuel produced is available for sale in the local area, and these sales support the project.


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.

This project 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.


Tom Kemp Woodsman & Coppice CraftsTOM KEMP – DIRECTOR

Tom has been involved in woodland work for the last 15 years. He trained with the Small Woods Association at the Green Wood Centre in Shropshire before returning to his native Cornwall and beginning his own coppice business in 2010.

He actively manages a number of woods in Cornwall and has been a consultant on and author of woodland management plans for many more and he is also currently the Cornwall Coppice Group representative for the National Coppice Federation.

When not in the woods Tom can be found sailing his dinghy on ever broadening adventures!

mywildlife-nick.jpgNICK JARVIS – DIRECTOR

Nick first got into woodland management in 2014 while he was living in Wales. He started out volunteering with his local community woodland group, who met for 2 hours once a month. This progressed to involvement with the Llais y Goedwig organisation (the ‘voice for community woodlands’ in Wales), completion of a Permaculture Design Course in 2015, and then the search for an apprenticeship in traditional woodland management.

Nick had been working as an Events Manager in the Arts up until this point, and finding routes into traditional woodland management as a career direction was very difficult, with only six apprenticeship places available across the whole of England and Wales. In October 2015, he moved back to Cornwall, and finally found a work placement with Tom Kemp.

After three years as an apprentice, Nick is now co-director of Working Woodlands Cornwall with Tom, and is excited to provide more opportunities for people to get into woodland management, from those with a casual interest through to people looking for fully-fledged training.