The Team

General Manager: Marcos Frangos

Who am I?
I’m Marco, General Manager at Hazel Hill Wood. I joined this fantastic organisation and started working at the wood in early 2015, when we became a charity.
My favourite places or things in the Wood:
With company, I love sitting by the heartwood campfire, a group of people sharing their stories. Alone, I like to wonder, see where the wood guides me, and there are so many places in the 70 acres I don’t know well. Favourite spot? sitting by the pond watching a pair of dragonflies dance. And…if I’m allowed a 2nd, nothing like sitting on the Oak House deck at dawn, a cuppa in hand, hearing the last of the owl song.
Favourite tree:
Mmm, not easy to call that one. There’s something so graceful and strong about the hornbeam, twisting its trunk up to the sky like a flexed arm.


Programme Manager: Elle Mount-Kingett

Who am I?

I’m Elle, Programme Manager. I joined the organisation in the summer of 2017 and have been on board to see the charity grow from strength to strength.

My favourite place or things in the wood?
I love moving around the wood, seeing all the different types of vegetation in the different areas. I also enjoy learning what parts of the wood the different wildlife call their home. For me the meadow is a really relaxing place to be, out in the openess, looking at all the different colours of trees that create the canopy.

Favourite Tree?
There is nothing like coming across a young sapling buried in the midst of other vegetation. You know that it has battled all by itself to grow from a seed and that everything around it is creating the right conditions for it to thrive.


Development Manager: Caroline Hukins

Who am I?
I’m Caroline, Development Manager at Hazel Hill Wood. I joined Hazel Hill Wood in 2016, after doing fundraising roles in various charities large and small for the last 20 years.
My favourite places or things in the Wood:
I love lying on the ground among the huge beech trees and watching them from underneath.  I get a whole different perspective on the world from there!
Favourite tree:
The old beech trees in the Heartwood.

Caretaker: John Bailey


Who am I?

I’m John Bailey, Caretaker.  I had the good fortune to join the Hazelhill wood team in March 2010.

My favourite place or things in the wood?

My favourite place in the wood varies throughout the year.  Earlier this year I loved to wander down to the 5 ways to see the exceptional mosses and lichens growing on the bankside. A very welcome splash of bright green before the wood came alive. Later, of course I loved to see the primroses, wood anenomes and bluebells.

Favourite Tree?

My favourite tree? A hard one this. I think I would choose the Hazel. Why? I’m not really sure. I like to imagine the old timers coppicing them for hurdles.

Electric/Special Projects: Simon Wyre


Who am I?

I’m Simon, specialist in electrics and engineering projects. I joined Hazel Hill in 2005, 10 years before it became a charity, when I was the warden, responsible for the bookings and customer liaison.

My favourite place or things in the wood?

There are so many! The pond, the Round House and the special circles and meeting places around the wood. I’m rather fond of the hot tub. I also like to watch the sun go down from a tent in the Heart Wood with a glass of wine in my hand.

Favourite Tree?

For individual trees, it has to be the oak by the pond. Don’t ask me why, it just is. As for species, I like the silver birch and the hornbeam.

Conservation and Education Coordinator: Charley Miller


Who am I?

I’m Charley and I joined the team in January 2018 as Conservation and Education Coordinator. I’ve worked and volunteered with many conservation organisations across England since 2011. I’m the one to ask about all things wildlife and volunteering – contact me on adventures@hazelhill.org.uk

My favourite place or things in the wood?
All of it! I love the pond – it’s the perfect spot to relax in, though I get distracted by all the wildlife. We discovered great crested newts here for the first time in 2019. Orchids grow around the edge, bats fly over feasting on the midges and moths, and underwater there is a huge amount of invertebrate life (no doubt why the great crested newts have moved in). During the 2018 BioBlitz we watched a dragonfly emerge from the pond which was really special.
Favourite Tree?
Oak is my favourite. We have a resident tawny owl using a box in an oak in a (fairly) secret location – they are sensitive to disturbance when breeding so it has to be out of the way. We selected this oak for the tawny owl box as it has lots of lovely side branches for the potential chicks to hop around on while they learn to fly. Fingers crossed there’ll be chicks in there in 2020!