** Helen now undertakes small tree work **
She uses a Japanese hand saw whilst up the tree
and a chainsaw on the ground...£30p/h.
"I would thoroughly recommend Helen, as a gardener. She has a calm presence and an inspiring sense of wonder about plants and her work reflects those qualities." Maria Gandy, Yogahome
“Helen is a very accomplished plantswoman. She is hard-working, reliable and it's always a pleasure to be in her company”. Stuart Craine, Landscape Designer
HELEN started off teaching basic gardening skills to kids and adults at Spitalfields City Farm in 2001. The managers were so impressed with her knowledge and her amiable presence they offered her a job designing and teaching garden based courses for people with specific needs.
Later, after studying horticulture at Capel Manor College Helen worked for designer/gardener, Alys Francis maintaining beautifully designed gardens, including Spencer House, whilst constantly increasing her plant knowledge. After working alongside designer Stuart Craine, Helen planted up and maintained a series of highly designed gardens in London for several years.
In 2015 Helen moved to Suffolk and currently takes on medium and small scale planting schemes and maintenance around Woodbridge. She is an organic gardener and has many effective natural remedies for pests and diseases.
Helen is a keen volunteer at Hands on Heritage, in Tunstall Forest, which educates children about their past with fun activities. This is where Helen has honed her whittling skills and teaches whittling to children. Other activities Helen teaches to over 7's include sea shell jewellery making using flint tools, bread making on 'mini fires' and even traditional fire lighting techniques.
WHITTLING AND CLAY WORKSHOPS
Set within the beautiful Suffolk countryside, Helen is now running workshops that teach children from age 7 and up – and adults – how to whittle simple and functional kitchen implements such as forks and butter knives.
She's teamed up with one of her friends Jane Daly who runs workshops alongside Helen for learning how use a potter's wheel and make other things like jugs and mugs.
Together they form the Wilson Daly Whittling and Clay team!
If you want to find out more then got to their website at:-
or their facebook page:-
Wilson, Daly, Whittling