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  • Cumbria Woodlands

    • Neville Elstone - Director

      Neville Elstone

      Neville Elstone is the Director of Cumbria Woodlands, having worked for the organisation since 2002. He is a passionate advocate for forestry, the environment and rural development.


      His career spans 34 years in the sector and has been wide-ranging; starting in a very hands-on way, working on the forest floor, before moving into arboriculture and management. A degree in forestry at the National School of Forestry followed, including a year’s work for the Forestry Commission and a period of study in Northern California. While doing post-graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh he worked in woodland management, writing management plans and developing large scale native woodland creation schemes. He then moved on to work for the Institute of Chartered Foresters, developing forest policy, before coming to Cumbria Woodlands. During his time with Cumbria Woodlands he has focused on rural development, wood for heat, the use of woodlands in Natural Flood Management and the management of Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites.


      He has acted as an advisor for the Forestry Commission and rural funding agencies at a national and regional level and plays an active role in the Institute of Chartered Foresters (he was a Council member and the first forester they employed). Neville is a frequent guest lecturer and advisor to the National School of Forestry. He is the former chair of the Fells and Dales Leader Group, which oversaw the investment of £8 million pounds of grant funding.

      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
    • 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.

    • Karen Wilson - Office Manager