Green woodworking and music are Phil's two main passions. Working in the woods, and being close to nature, has been a constant source of inspiration for him.
Phil has been practising and teaching greenwood crafts and practical woodland management for the last 15 years. Prior to that in 2002 he set up The Tree-Claim Project, a wood recycling venture, teaching creative and practical woodwork skills to people of all ages and abilities.
Phil first became involved in music whilst playing in the school band, from there graduating to the county youth orchestra where he enjoyed playing and listening to a wide variety of classical music.
Later Phil became more involved with many other varied genres of music. Over the years Phil has composed, recorded, performed and collaborated on many projects combining many different styles of music. Along with green woodwork, music still plays an important part in his life, he continues to compose and record his own music.
Since 2004 Phil worked for Cornwall College as a Programme Manager and Lecturer in Countryside Management and Wildlife in Further and Higher education. More recently he helped set up the Greenwood Garden at Dame Hannah Roger's at Seale Hayne, working with a range of students with learning difficulties.
With over 30 years of experience in working with young people Jane's passion is to encourage young people to reach their full potential.
Jane has worked with people with physical disabilities in residential schools in the Plymouth area for 17 years developing their independent living skills, leading a team of 25 staff, supporting students in independent living bungalows and students with high support needs.
She later joined COPTE (City of Plymouth training and employment) working with disengaged young people, on employability skills and supported employment. This led onto working with apprentices around the City, linking closely with employers, providing support and advice
In 2004 she joined Cornwall College, and enjoyed the diversity of working with apprentices in many different areas of work, including hairdressing, sign making, business administration, accountancy, taking her all over the country. This work indulged her inquisitive and creative side and enabled her to see behind the scenes of so many different industries.
Most recently she returned to working with adults with learning difficulties at the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust Seale Hayne. Here she met Phil when playing a key roll in setting up Horticulture, Greenwood and Enterprise courses in collaboration with Duchy College. The skills, resourcefulness and enthusiasm of the team along with the students created a truly inspiring environment in which to learn and flourish.
Jane is resourceful and enjoys being creative making things from flotsam and jetsam, developing and sharing her practical skills. In her spare time she works in her own workshop forge. Her love of the outdoors and her “have a go” approach is an inspiration to those who work with her.
Being active in the outdoors has been Aydin's passion. Growing up in South Devon provided the perfect environment to do this.
Aydin is an adult educator with a strong belief in the cathartic nature of being in the outdoors; of engaging with it and learning in it. The outdoor classroom provides a unique setting within which to learn, grow and to improve one's physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
After completing a combined outdoor education course, Aydin spent time as an instructor in the South West. Whilst at University, he volunteered in a deprived area of Liverpool, engaging young people in sport and outdoor activities.
After a period of travel, Aydin returned to the UK, committed to working in the outdoors, particularly working with people who very rarely had any form of positive relationship with nature. For two years, he ran a project in West London to engage young people in positive activities in the outdoors, built around the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
After returning to South Devon, Aydin worked for the youth development charity, Raleigh International, and supported many young people and adult volunteers to have positive life-changing experiences both at home and abroad.
In 2005, Aydin completed his PGCE and gained employment with the adult education charity, the WEA. As Learning Manager in Plymouth, Aydin has continued to develop and deliver personal development programmes in the 'Outdoor Classroom' engaging learners from a variety of background and communities in positive learning opportunities. It was during this time that he met Phil and was inspired by his unique blend of Greenwood Crafts with Music. The bringing together of two such cathartic processes; music and the outdoors, offers huge opportunities that all at Greenwood Music believe in passionately.