I have a wealth of teaching and assisting experience, from voluntary support work for Nottingham MENCAP to teaching gardening at a local primary school (2006-2008), and teaching the martial art ki-aikido (children and adults) from 2005 to 2013.
Since the beginning of 2015 I have been working with the Farm-Able Project, based in Dartington. The project works with ex-servicemen and women in recovering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), providing opportunities for farmwork including dry stone walling. The physical and mental benefits gained from these group activities are substantial for all involved.
In 2018 , I led courese for Transition Homes on their Clay Park site in Dartington. These courses included Hedgelaying, upright stone facing and stone facing a new Devon bank in an old gateway. After this I Instructed on a 6 day Dry Stone Walling course near Sintra, Portugal.
I am an Instructor for the Dry Stone Walling Association having completed their training course and I’ve been using the techniques learned to good effect on Dartmoor. Since 2018 I have instructed on about 20 two day courses of various styles of walling on Dartmoor , put on by the Devon Hill Farm Project, part of Dartmoor National Park. This has also included Instructing for the Dartmoor Youth Ranger and the Dartmoor Preservation Association (DPA). I am also an Instructor and Trainer with the Devon Rural Skills Trust (DRST) and last year I Instructed on a 2 day course for the Sharpham Trust.