Ed joined FWAG SW in April 2022 and leads / co-ordinates a wide range of current projects, as well as offering land management advice through Countryside Stewardship, Woodland Management, and Sustainable Farm Incentives throughout Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. For these projects, he co-delivers the Upper Thames Catchment Partnership with Bea Oliver, engaging landowners and local groups in monitoring / improving watercourses and mitigating flooding. 

Ed also manages the GREAT Zerodig project in partnership with Zerodig Earth, to convert a 7-acre field into an agroecological site for demonstrating nature friendly farming, as well as linking in the Royal Agricultural University. His involvement with Zerodig stemmed from managing the GREAT project to transform Gloucestershire into a regenerative farming county. There’s also a 2-year project linked with the GREAT Zerodig site, to restore woodlands and improve their biodiversity, by training new entrants with practical qualifications and linking them to landowners requiring coppice restoration and thinning. 

Ed previously ran the Cotswolds National Landscape’s rural skills programme, offering a range of conservation-focussed and traditional land management courses, along with coppicing rotations and charcoal burning in various woodlands. He has completed the Basis Soils and Water qualification, has an MSc in Countryside Management from Scotland’s Rural College, and a real passion for engaging people with the wider countryside.

Ed also co-organises FWAG’s volunteers with Jo-anne Leigh, providing opportunities to restore woodlands, dry stone walls, introduce Zerodig growing methods onto working farms, and much more besides.