John has been involved with the environment, ecology, woodland management and conservation since 1990. He originally volunteered with various conservation groups and was employed at Bore Place as a Conservation Officer to manage the 60 acres of woodlands and run the Green Wood Workshop.
He is a fully qualified tree surgeon and coppice worker and makes a range of woodcraft products. He set up his own business in 2000 and now runs courses and offers woodland advice and tree surgery across Kent, Sussex, Surrey and into South London. Please contact us for more information.
– Woodland management and conservation
– Making small woodlands work economically
– Coppicing and tree felling
– Tree Surgery
– Continuous weave fencing
– Living willow structures
– Willow work
– Willow husbandry
– Garden Products
– Chairs and Furniture
– Pole Lathe Turning and Green wood in all its forms.
What is Green Wood?
Green Wood is freshly felled, still sappy wood. To work it requires a set of simple techniques based on an understanding of how wood reacts – both to the tools, and to the drying and shrinking processes. Because it is green, the wood is soft and easy to work with hand tools, and because of this, green woodwork creates little waste, and can utilise small trees and logs. It is therefore green in all senses of the word – especially here at the Green Wood Workshop as at Bore Place the trees are felled as part of ongoing woodland restoration and sustainable management. Our courses and volunteer days are about learning woodcraft and helping with the conservation of Bore Place.