Volunteers at Brede High Woods
Apr 05 2019

Who is… David Bonsall?

Here in the South East, we thought it would be a good idea to do some introductions regularly to different members of the team, both staff and volunteers. This is a great way of getting to know each other, as well as highlighting the great wealth of experience we have in the region! This time, it’s the turn of Site Manager, David Bonsall, who tells us more about himself…

“I’m the Site Manager for 14 woods in East Sussex including Brede High Woods, one of the Trust’s biggest sites in England. I have worked for the Trust since 2000.

Previously I was a forestry contractor specialising in harvesting large hardwoods as well as conservation and amenity work. I undertook various contracts for the Trust including timber felling, coppicing, sawmilling as well as EMC works in woods I was later to manage. 

I live in the High Weald in East Sussex and spend what little free time I have (after work, two kids and a dog) walking, cycling, swimming in the sea, canoeing and motorcycling. Other interests are history (local, landscape and military) and wildlife, which go well with looking after ancient woods.

I don’t relax but to unwind (and annoy the children/neighbours) I play heavy metal and reggae very loudly, usually while cooking – if I’m not working I’m usually in the kitchen…”


Thanks, Dave, and keep on rocking…! Stay tuned to see who we will profile next. Perhaps you have some suggestions.

Thanks also to everyone who supports the work of the Woodland Trust across the South East!

  • GraceDavis

    Fantastic!! I didn’t know Dave was a felllow heavy metal fan. Rock on!!! šŸ™‚

    April 18, 2019 at 9:56 am
  • DavidBonsall

    my secret is out…

    April 18, 2019 at 10:30 am

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