Join us for a conservation volunteer day at Hazel Hill Wood!!! New dates out…

Hazel Hill Conservation Volunteers (open to public)
20161211_135436_1483872338680Sunday June 18th 10am-3pm
Saturday July 15th 10am-3pm
Saturday 19th August 10am-3pm
Friday 22nd September 10am-3pm
​Sunday 8th October 10.30am-3pm
Sunday 19th November 10am-3pm
Saturday 16th December 10am-3pm

We welcome any new participants to this event, and look forward to seeing some familiar faces back again soon.  To register please contact Kat on 07787 157025 or

Vacancy for Occasional Chef/Caterer

Occasional Chef/Caterer Vacancy at Hazel Hill Wood:

Are you a self-employed chef/caterer interested in our exciting and pioneering charitable project at Hazel Hill Wood, a few miles outside Salisbury.

Hazel Hill Trust runs a beautiful 70 acre educational woodland that hosts pioneering and holistic education events: from local school groups coming to learn about nature and biodiversity, to workshops for front-line workers building their resilience and wellbeing.

About you: We’d love to hear from you if are a  self-employed chef or professional caterer who lives locally, and you have capacity to support us with occasional catering. You need to be great with people, can take ownership for creating menus, organising the shopping and liaising with clients as appropriate.  Our work is growing, and if successful, you could be supporting several catering events this year, with a potential for more in 2018. You would be part of our self-employed and part-time team at the wood, most of whom also have other roles.

About the groups: they vary in size, but as a general rule they are a max 30 people, normally nearer mid 20’s. Some events are residential and you’d have the opportunity to stay in one of our beautiful eco- buildings at a reduced cost. Other groups are one-day events where you’d be catering for lunch and tea breaks, e.g. baking home-baked cake. For us, the food that people enjoy at the wood is an integral part of their experience: often participants help with basic food prep, or setting tables and washing up, all of which is part of the learning, nurture and experience of community at Hazel Hill Wood.

About your food: delicious home-cooked vegetarian meals made mostly fresh in our simple, but well-stocked Oak House kitchen. NB; we are off grid so we don’t have a regular domestic electricity supply, however we have a gas-fired fridge, and catering oven with hob and plenty of coking utensils, pots, pans etc.

Pay: we are a charity and still operating with a structural deficit, so the pay is modest and dependent on your experience and the clients involved, e.g. a corporate client might attract higher rates. You’d also get the benefits of being part of our exciting woodland project, with the opportunity to attend some of our events/workshops at reduced rates.

For an informal chat speak to Hazel Hill Wood’s general manager, Marcos Frangos on 07881 425 804 or email Interviews early May (dates tbc), and we will be seeking references from shortlisted candidates prior to appointment.

We’re on Meetup – are you?

A new way to stay up to date with all our events at the woods –

“Meetup brings people together…to do more of what they want to do in life. It is organized around one simple idea: when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best. And that’s what Meetup does. It brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn the things that help them come alive.”

Hazel Hill Natural Wellbeing and Resilience Group

Salisbury, GB
36 Members

This group aims to build a community with shared interest in wellbeing and resilience for individuals, work teams and other groups. We aim to do this mainly through a range of…

Next Meetup

Fruits of Maturity: A workshop exploring elderhood

Friday, Jun 2, 2017, 7:00 PM
1 Attending

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Refurbishing the Long House

WoodburnerAfter years of trustworthy use, heating the sauna and Long House it’s time to say goodbye and thank you to our wonderful old wood burner.

As many of you will know, over the last 18 months we’ve been steadily investing in changes to our buildings to make them safer and bring them in line with current health and safety standards.

The Long House was our first building to include sleeping accommodation, and we’re now in the process of refurbishing it to install a new wood burning stove that will be housed in a purpose-built hearth constructed at the back of the Long House.

The stove will have a new opening formed from the back into the centre of the rear sauna wall, which will will make the stove safer in terms of fire safety, and the new flue will rise up outside of the building rather than internally.

This will also allow us a better layout within the sauna with more benched area. Our new stove will heat the bedrooms as well as hot water for showers, and we’re excited about this upgrade to the accommodation at the wood.

Pictured: Tim our Facilities Supervisor dismantling the old burner

Marcos Frangos reflects on 2016 at the Wood

One of my abiding memories from last year is the Wild Margins of Organisational Change which Wisdom Tree ran 15 September: with a wonderful blend of organisational development practitioners, therapists, change agents and story tellers on the most beautiful sunny day with a gentle breeze blowing. We explored the often-neglected ‘wild margins’ within us and in our organisations, using fascinating coaching techniques and constellations to reveal the wisdom of the wild margins. The image I still carry is of the group sharing sat round our classroom in the heartwood, round the campfire, including a flipchart in the woods! A most exquisite day, thank you to all.
I also remember an amazing Nourishing the Front Line workshop with Salisbury Hospice staff that took place at the wood in October 2016 where we focussed on nourishing our own wellbeing and resilience, using the wood’s own nature as a beautiful backdrop and teacher to the work. What touched me most was the incredible camaraderie and depth of sharing from participants; each doing amazing work, at the front line every day supporting people who are approaching death, and taking care of their families and friends through this process. Jane and I were both really moved by the stories they shared, and the sense of a shared sense of team and “we’re in this together”.
I would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the Hazel Hill Wood team who worked tirelessly in 2016, to help sustain this beautiful 70-acre woodland and its forestry and conservation, to deliver our education work, develop funding possibilities, run new programmes, care for our beautiful buildings, looking after our clients and volunteers, stack logs, clear rides, repair compost loos. The list is endless. Thank you so much for your dedication to the wood, and here’s to a fabulous and exciting 2017.

Get Your Hands Muddy…

On Sunday 11th December, the wood hosted its first Volunteer day with the Hazel Hill Trust Volunteers. Six volunteers joined two members of the Hazel Hill team for a day at the woods, conducting various conservation tasks.

We started the day pinning mulch mats around the Douglas fir saplings in the North of the site. The purpose of this was to supress weed growth around the new saplings and to therefore improve their growth. The volunteers did a fantastic job, locating over 150 saplings.

After lunch, with the essential tea and biscuits, we moved on to extending the length of woven fence around the main buildings. The day was a huge success, with good weather, good company and some good laughs.

On behalf of Kat and myself, thank you to all those who took part and we look forward to seeing you all back at the wood soon.

We are pleased to confirm that the next Hazel Hill Wood Volunteer day will be on Friday 3rd February, 10:30am until 3pm. We welcome any new participants to this event, and look forwards to seeing some familiar faces back again soon.

If you would like to register for this event please contact Kat on 07787 157025 or

Happy new year to you all,
(Woodland Ranger at Hazel Hill Trust)

Foundations for the Future

In December 2016 Jason Turner, Forester at Hazel Hill Wood along with Kat Steele, Conservation and Education Officer, ran an introduction to traditional hedge laying course over three days. Attended by 4 local people and Hazel Hills very own ranger Jenny, the course provided both theory and practical skills. They used the ‘South of England’ style with a double binding along the top. The wonderful, newly laid hedge can be seen upon entering the woodland.

Hedgerows, mainly used to provide livestock barriers provide structure and strength as well as shelter for crops, livestock and wildlife.

Hedgelaying works because a well-managed hedge will provide food, shelter and protection for a diverse range of wildlife, improving biodiversity which in turn can benefit crops, quality of fields and grass for livestock while providing a barrier for livestock, shelter for crops as well as farm and land boundaries. To lay helps to thicken the hedge, it has a low outlay and doesn’t need constant attention.

If you are interested in learning please contact Kat Steele, if we have enough interest we may run another course in winter 2017.

A poem from the woods

Hazel Hill Wood, September

The trees: roots sewn through sandy
soil, pleated leaves embroidering
the sky – a ladder between leaf-mould,
the snails, the tiny hurrying of our lives,

and the stars, whose slow deaths light
the modest hand span of our night-time
skies. The trees. They root us in ourselves,
but point our thoughts upwards. I cannot

imagine the world to come: it’s only
given to me to bend and witness
to the grace of a neon fungus, growing

on the rings of a felled tree; or freeze
to watch the deer, seen only
as they startle in the bracken, and disappear.

Finding your own personal ‘happy’

How can we stay happy when there’s too much change and uncertainty? Are there ways to bounce back and thrive if everyday life and work is getting us down? The answer is to cultivate yourself like a garden, and grow your own wellbeing by learning from natural ecosystems.

Natural HappinessThe times we’re in are tough: it’s clear that we need new approaches and models to thrive in all this. Natural happiness is a simple, practical approach which can help in your personal life, and your work. It will show you how to cultivate your own human nature, and tend yourself like a garden: deepen your roots, and grow fruitfully through all kinds of weather.

Alan Heeks is a Harvard MBA and successful businessman, who since 1990 has become a keen gardener, and has created a 130-acre organic farm and 70-acre woodland as centres where people can learn about natural happiness and resilience.

On his new Natural Happiness website, learn more about the 7 seeds of natural happiness, and Alan’s forthcoming book on Natural Happiness. You can also learn more about upcoming events, access some useful resources and sign up for Alan’s free monthly e-newsletter on natural happiness and the roots of resilience. You can also learn more about Wisdom Tree, a team set up by Alan offering training on natural happiness and resilience.

Presentation to Southern Wiltshire Area Board

Marcos giving TalkIn May 2016 HHW representatives and supporters gave a presentation to the Wiltshire Council’s Southern Wiltshire Area Board to give an update on our Transformative Learning in Nature (TLiN) programme and submit a further capital grant bid for fire safety improvements.

Martin Plimsoll co-ordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society Men’s Group, and Jess Vorenburg, one of our TLiN volunteers, brought the experience of being in the wood to life for the Board and councillors were delighted to hear of our progress to date.

We are pleased to have been successful in securing a portion of the grant requested which will be ring-fenced for fire safety improvements in Hazel Hill Wood’s buildings such as enhanced smoke detection and this work will be a priority over the coming months.