Roger Ross – Founder/Owner
At the heart of the project, Roger is known for his social, spiritual and environmental awareness. Having been interested in healthy food since he was 30, he learnt about Biodynamic practices from the Steiner school his children went to.
Since then, Roger has committed his intentions to increasing biodiversity and being connected to nature. Amongst his many commitments, Roger enjoys spending time with the cats, chickens and ducks, and appreciating the beauty at his doorstep. Roger likes to share his good fortune with others and is thankful for the presence they bring to his life.
Susie Ross – Sustainability Manager/Owner
Susie oversees the project and ensures all party to it are happy and healthy (including her 3 fur babies: Prosper, Precious and Harvey). She grew up eating fresh food from her father’s veg plot and hasn’t looked back since.
With a history in the arts – including culinary, fashion and interior design – Susie is resourceful and a key driver of sustainability at the Forest. Currently working as a Trauma Therapist, she is interested in holistic healthcare, and enjoys swimming, creating and learning about different cultures.
Marc Stenham – Gardener
Marc has been our Gardener at the project for the last 5 years; coming every Wednesday to sculpt, develop, maintain and enrich the land. Marc has played a key role in teaching volunteers and loves getting creative with the garden produce.
Alongside his work at the project, Marc also supports a local schools by running a Gardening & Growing class with young children (ages 4-9). Watch this space for his upcoming charity! His main profession is practising Chinese Medicine as a Qualified Acupuncturist.
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.
Back in 2000, Peter co-founded Steward Community Woodland, a sustainable woodland community in Devon. He specialised in low impact building, community process, woodland management and perennial plants whilst living there for 7 years, 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, swimming, group singing and listening to the birds.