Sir Martin Wood

I am greatly saddened by the death of my friend, colleague, and patron, Sir Martin Wood aged 94 years. Sir Martin Wood FRS was a visionary engineer, passionate conservationist, and a prolific philanthropist, who had an incalculable influence on my professional and personal life. I first met Martin when, freshContinue Reading

one million reads

I realise this won’t mean much to others, but it means a lot to me … the number of reads of my blog has now passed one million reads.Continue Reading

Woodland Heritage

I have received the astounding news that I have been honoured by Woodland Heritage to receive the Peter Savill Award jointly with Professor Julian Evans, for making a significant contribution to the British Forest Industry.Continue Reading

Peter Savill. Photo by Gabriel Hemery

At the end of last month, my lifetime professional colleague and friend Dr Peter Savill sadly passed away. I had the great privilege of collaborating widely with Peter from the very beginning of my career in forestry. He was a true gentleman, humble and generous in equal measure, and will be sadly missed.Continue Reading

Scottish Forestry journal Spring2019

I was delighted to have my article about the life of Scottish plant hunter John Jeffrey, and my recently published fictional biography entitled Green Gold, featured in the Spring/Summer edition of Scottish Forestry, the journal of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society. The article highlights the life of Scotsman John Jeffrey,Continue Reading