"Lovely day with David exploring and learning about the variety of trees, plants and animals in his beautiful woodland. David is very knowledgeable and professional. A great day to learn about our native trees"
"Our time spent at Hawkmoth wood today with David has been excellent. Whether arriving here with an interest in conservation, ecosystems, history, woodland management, alternative leisure pursuits or looking for artistic inspiration, this tranquil setting has it all."
"Beware this course, it is full of witchcraft! Tom has had 25 years or more of working with trees, he knows the wisdom of wood; he breathes it. But he wears his erudition lightly. He will draw you in with his easy charm and good nature. His laid back manner will make you drop your guard. His wise insights and perceptions about all manner things will warm you to him. His amazing, deft skills with a knife and an axe will beguile you and before you know it you will be trapped; captivated; enchanted. Spend a day in the woods with Tom and at the end of the day your arms will be aching with sore muscles you never knew you had and you will go to bed dreaming of facets, figures and froes. Your hands with itch to get back to your spoon an whittle away. You will be bewitched. They say in every piece of wood there’s a spoon waiting to be released; in every person there’s a spoon carver waiting to be set free; Tom’s the man to do it."
"Informal but very informative talk as we wandered around ancient woodland. David takes time to explain how ancient woodland developed, how modern need of wood has changed the landscape, and how careful management can restore balance. We learned how the flora and fauna is dependent upon a careful balance. David explained his vision for the future generations by thoughtful planned planting now.
We listened and watched the birds of the wood and nearby fields. We even did a bit of foraging and learnt what not to eat while walking in the woods. We saw ancient dykes and furrows. We have no hesitation recommending this tree identification day if you care about the environment.
We will be back in the Autumn when the colours will give a different aspect to the woods and we can examine the produce of the different trees."