Roger Ross – Founder/Owner
Roger has been interested in healthy food since he was 30, and learnt about Biodynamic practices from the Steiner school his children went to.
Since then, he committed his intentions to increasing biodiversity and being connected to nature. Roger likes to share his good fortune with others and is thankful for the presence they bring to his life.
Peter Cow – Garden Designer
Peter is a permaculture and 8 Shields designer, mentor and trainer, working across Europe to nurture a more connected, responsible and joyful society.
Peter’s been teaching and facilitating permaculture courses since 2007. He co-creates immersive and empowering learning experiences that connect people more deeply to nature, themselves and their community. Peter runs bespoke courses with 8 Shields, Inner Transition and People Permaculture trainers, as well as lead teaching Permaculture Design Courses and 8 Shields introduction weekends. He was the lead organiser for the UK Art of Mentoring camp in 2017.
Back in 2000, Peter co-founded Steward Community Woodland, a sustainable woodland community in Devon. He lived, designed, learned and played there in deep collaboration with the land and people for 7 years. He specialised in low impact building, community process, woodland management and perennial plants whilst living there, completing his Permaculture Diploma in 2007, and starting to apprentice as a teacher.
Peter now lives on a farm in South Dartmoor, where he enjoys foraging for edible leaves, cold swimming, group singing and listening to the birds.
Marc Stenham – Gardener
Marc has been our Gardener at the project for the last 3 years; coming every Wednesday to sculpt, develop, maintain and enrich the land. Alongside his work at the project, Marc also supports at a local school by running a Gardening & Growing class with young children (ages 4-9). His main profession is practising Chinese Medicine as a Qualified Acupuncturist.
Luke Manders – Volunteer Coordinator
Luke is our residential Project Coordinator at the forest, and has been with us since November 2017. Luke is responsible for the day-to-day running of the project, facilitating the volunteers having a rich and fulfilling experience; supporting Marc in maintaining the garden, and connecting up the project with the local community.
Before arriving at Rodmell, Luke traveled extensively and developed a good knowledge of communal living, especially during his work at the Spanish Eco-Village, Sunseed Desert Technology; where he worked as the Sustainable Living Coordinator. His passions lie in cooking (Italian roots!), wild plants & foraging, Permaculture, indigenous cultures, and teaching with young children. He is a qualified Permaculture Designer and wishes to pursue further training as a Permaculture Tutor and Forest School Teacher.
Susie Scott – Founders Partner
Susie lives at the project with her partner Roger, dipping into gardening, foraging and embracing the spectacular bounty of nature present. Susie is a Trauma Therapist, qualified as a Post Advanced Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and previously worked in Fashion/Textiles/Interior Design. She believes in personal creative expression and its use as a healing therapeutic.