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  • Cumbria Woodlands

    • Neville Elstone - Director

      Neville Elstone

      Neville, a Chartered Forester, studied a Post Graduate Diploma in Resource Management at the University of Edinburgh and gained a Degree in Forestry at the University of Central Lancashire, Newton Rigg Campus after working in arboriculture following a course at Merrist Wood College in Surrey.  His work experience ranges from arboriculture management for two local authorities, a year working for Forest Enterprise, two years of self-employment as forestry consultant and most recently as the Technical Officer with the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

      As Cumbria Woodlands Rural Development Forester, Neville's role is to deliver the Forest Futures business support programme, which has been established to help wood using and woodland based businesses in Cumbria expand and grow.

      Bea - Bewaldeth or "Bea" as she is known in the office, is Neville's partner-in-crime and enjoys lunchtimes no matter what is on the menu, heel-biting whilst you are running and barking at motorbikes... when she isn't advising us on what steps to take next that is! We should also add, in case you haven't guessed, that Bea is Neville's dog!

      Telephone: 01539 822140
    • Sarah Rose - Office Manager

      Sarah  Rose

      Sarah grew up in the Lake District, and gained a degree in Public Relations and Tourism at the University of Lincoln. She later worked as a sales executive for an ice sculpting company in London and as a coordinator for the New York office of a local development training organisation, before moving back to the Lakes in 2008. Sarah now oversees Cumbria Woodlands' projects, covering marketing and PR, administration, coordination of the ongoing activities and training courses, and the organisation of conferences and events.

      Telephone: 01539 822140
    • Jamie Chaplin-Brice - Project Officer

      Jamie Chaplin-Brice

      Jamie studied at Sheffield Hallam University after spending his early years farming in the Lake District. Returning to Cumbria after obtaining a degree in furniture design and related products, Jamie set up a business using local timber for products and furniture. He has worked with Danny Frost Timber sourcing, milling and drying timber for sale to other furniture makers, managing various operations and projects at the Bothel site. 2013 saw a move to Scotland as Forest Operations Manager for the award winning Kilfinan Community Forest. Work here included forest design planning, management of harvesting operations as well as installation of infrastructure such as forest roads, a garden centre and a new sawmill.

      Telephone: 07974446106
    • Clare de Villanueva - Project Officer

      Clare de Villanueva

      Clare’s background is varied: following an MSci (Hons) from University of Durham she carried out two years of geological exploration in Canada’s Boreal forest, before entering the world of hydropower development in Scotland and northern England. At Cumbria Woodlands, Clare provides a support role to Neville, managing and claiming for a variety of projects, as well as supporting Jamie with his own projects and extensive training programme. When not working, Clare can be found mountain biking, gardening, running or climbing.

    • Richard Greaves - Cumbria Woodlands Chair

      Richard Greaves

      Richard works for Impact International, based in Windermere, as a consultant and European Manager. He has worked with corporate clients around the world developing leadership, teams and strategy with most sectors at all levels of seniority. Living in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria he is an avid watcher of wildlife, outdoor enthusiast and fresh air freak.


      As Chair of Cumbria Woodlands he hopes to help the organisation grow and prosper in order to ensure their lasting commitment to the effective management of woodland in the county to achieve their ecological and environmental goals.

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