Mark Shipperlee

Head shot of Mark Shipperlee  on his land
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Notes about contacting me

Please feel free to email me at [email protected]

My phone number

07854 694 429
About me

I completed a PDC in 2012 - but have been involved in countryside management, woodland work, environmental campaigning etc for many years. I am currently based in Northumberland and have a small-holding literally on Hadrian's Wall, where I grow a lot of my own food, at 210 metres above sea level on a south west facing, fairly exposed site. The site became a LAND centre at the end of 2019. It is also my base for grafting and growing apple varieties from the region. I am currently teaching various elements of permaculture, organising Introduction to Permaculture courses and now building the curriculum to teach my own PDCs. I have a focus on trees and woodland management, and also with soil. Having previously founded and run a development charity working in Romania for ten years, I have visited to help teach a PDC out there. I manage various areas of woodland in my locality, including reinstating a coppice rotation in Hazel; and am also operations director of Living Woods North East CIC, a local non-profit that works to engage people with creating, caring for and connecting with woodlands.

Educator experience

I have taught Introduction courses, and taught  on PDCs online and in  person in England, Scotland and Romania.

I also have developed a LAND Centre registered in 2019, five years after moving into the site

I also teach elements around orchard work, including apple grafting, and apple tree pruning and orchard management

I often lead "Walks with Trees" - a stroll and a conversation through any piece of woodland - opening discussion n a wide range of topics related to trees and woodland and their role in our countryside

Educator qualifications

I am a trained and qualified instructor in practical skills  - chainsaw and woodland  and countryside management skills. 

Originally trained by Forestry Training Council and Agricultural Training Board (now LANTRA). Also completed Permaculture Training of Teachers