Diploma Tutor Skills
I have huge passion and considerable and growing knowledge about trees, and particularly productive and system trees. I train in orchard skills, have agroforestry, willow coppice, windbreaks and orchard areas on my smallholding and manage my own tree nursery business producing on trees that are carefully selected for climate resilience. I am also part of a project supporting collection and provision of local provenance native trees. I am always happy to talk trees!
I have been an environmentalist for decades and have worked a lot in the third sector, including as the Head of Activism at Friends of the Earth, the CEO of The Orchard Project and a campaigner at CND and Global Justice Now (then known as The World Development Movement). I believe in the power of positive human action and I think there are few better phrases to guide a life well-lived than "be the change you wish to see in the world." I also understand and have substantial experience working with community groups and campaigns and in facilitating and training.
For several years I ran a permaculture-based garden design business and have built up solid experience around the creative process and the planning and implementation of garden land projects that are designed to work closely in harmony with the natural world.
I now run my own smallholding, undertake permaculture-themed courses and work in local resilience projects.
These are my passions and areas of specialism and they give you a taste of how I apply permaculture. However the diploma is a varied journey, undertaken by people with a range of interests and I'm interested in supporting people through the process in whatever way they wish to take it.
I enjoy the idea of supporting people to maintain momentum, to continue to build their learning and to keep up the motivation and inspiration during their diploma journey.