From an early career as a local authority horticulturalist, ‘green’ ambitions led me into countryside management. Following seasonal positions with the National Trust for England and Wales and Dartmoor National Park I spent eleven years as a hands-on Warden for the National Trust Killerton Estate in Devon; ancestral home of the Dyke-Acland family. Leaving the National Trust in 2000 I remedied my mis-spent youth by going to University as a mature student. I graduated with a Doctorate in Human Geography in 2008, my speciality being the cultural ecology of Britain’s national landscapes. Along the way I collected a BA in Culture, Environment and Landscape, with a Masters in Conservation of Cultural Landscapes. Since then a couple of temporary lecturing positions at agricultural colleges in Devon and Somerset.
My personal interests range from just about everything countryside to playing folk music and storytelling. I have been known to venture forth in a sea-kayak and regularly enjoy hill walking and cycling. Previous wondering and wandering has, amongst travels in the US and Europe, taken me to the mountains of Ladakh, the temperate uplands of Cameroon and crossing the Sahara Desert.
As 19thcentury benefactor, Thomas Dyke-Acland provided for my former staff cottage as he did for his contemporary St. Kildans. As a wondering newcomer to the islands I follow his wanderings from Devon.