Feb 25 2020

Farewell to Simon Bateman-Brown

Simon and Tish with their farewell cakes

Volunteers from Langley Vale Wood bid farewell to site manager Simon Bateman-Brown on Thursday 20 February, as he leaves the Woodland Trust for pastures new at Kent Wildlife Trust.


Simon has been with the Trust since 2008, originally as site manager for North Kent and Surrey and from 2014 in the role of project manager at Langley Vale Wood.   Over the past six years Simon and our merry band of volunteers have been instrumental in transforming Langley Vale Centenary Wood from arable farmland to a mosaic of habitats for wildlife and people to enjoy.


The Langley Vale Wood Woodland Working Group was established shortly after the Woodland Trust acquired the site in 2014. They have been working alongside Simon over the years and were not able to let Simon leave without waving good bye in true winter tree planting weather, accompanied with homemade cake and hot coffee!


Lead Volunteer Tish Johnson said: “Thank you for all you have done for our special site in Epsom, Simon.  We’ve enjoyed working with you and have made some amazing friendships over the years.  We look forward to welcoming you back to our wildlife haven in the future, this time as volunteer!”



Langley Vale Wood Woodland Working Group

Written by Lucy Shea, Volunteer Development Officer

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