Steve Russell has been involved in woodland, forestry and the countryside all his life. Having grown up in Wiltshire, he studied Forestry Management at the National School of Forestry in Cumbria and worked around the country in Merseyside, Essex and Kent.
In 1988 Steve moved back to Wiltshire as Forestry Officer with Wiltshire County Council. Over the years Steve's role changed and following the reorganisation in 2009 he headed up and developed the new unitary council's frontline countryside service. This gave him the opportunity to set up the Wiltshire Tree Warden Scheme, something he had wanted to do for some time. He left Wiltshire Council in December 2010 to start up his own business.
Steve is a longstanding and active member of various Forestry organisations and has been Secretary of the Royal Forestry Society Southern Division for the last 12 years and a regional committee member of ConFor for over 8 years. He holds numerous NPTC and Lantra certificates including Professional Tree Inspection. In 2011 he completed a BSc (Hons) Degree in Countryside Management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, gaining a First and being awarded the Morley Penistan Award for top Forestry Student. Steve has also lectured in Woodland Management at both Sparsholt and Lackham colleges and has recently been involved in the development of the new City and Guilds apprenticeships in Forestry.
Member of the Royal Forestry Society and the Confederation of Forest Industries
Steve Russell BSc(Hons) - Director
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