Hannah Ward and Ralph Giles are available to support your project at any stage, including design, planning, accessing grant funding and planting.
“Hi, my name is Hannah and I joined HCC in January 2023 as a Woodland Creation Project Officer. Conservation has always been important to me, especially alongside modern farming practices. I have a BSc in Agriculture and an MSc in Entomology along with some fieldwork experience in countries abroad. I am hugely excited to help Hertfordshire County Council achieve its long term goal of planting 1.8 million trees by 2030; improving local wildlife, enhancing public greenspaces and combating global warming.”
“Hi, I’m Ralph, one of the two Woodland Creation Officers at Hertfordshire County Council. I changed career at the end of 2019 to follow my dream of working with trees and woodland, and having trained in forestry and sustainable woodland management (as well as getting my hands dirty as a volunteer with the Countryside Management Service), I recently completed a Conservation Traineeship with the Wildlife Trust, specialising in the practical management of ancient woodland. I firmly believe that by planting the right trees in the right places for the right reasons, by creating resilient woodland for the future, and by restoring lost hedgerows, we can produce a positive impact across Hertfordshire – not only to benefit the local landscape and local wildlife, but to benefit local communities and local people too – and that’s what I’m here to help achieve.”