Karen Russell  -  MICFor, BSc Biology (Hons)

Karen’s affinity for woods, trees and their management began with her family’s coppice with standard woodland.  These were actively managed for firewood, fencing and a range of other products and formed an essential part of the farm.  It is also here, via work at a local plant nursery, Karen ran her own small nursery specializing in oversized amenity trees providing much needed funds for University. 

After gaining her Biology degree (specializing in Ecology and crop pests & diseases) in 1993, Karen joined East Malling Research (EMR) in Kent, as a plant breeder specializing in broadleaf tree improvement, genetics and conservation.  Whilst at EMR, Karen was seconded to DECC as a land use specialist to help develop the UK Biomass Strategy, gaining valuable experience in policy development.  Transferring from research to woodland management in 2008, Karen joined Lockhart Garratt Ltd as a senior woodland consultant then Rod Pass Associates Ltd in 2011, as a woodland sub-consultant working with a great team of consultants and contractors.

Her woodland management, research and on-going work to develop sustainable British tree and shrub seed sources, draws on the accumulated experience and insights gained from working with woodland owners and managers involved in many 1000s of woods across Britain and further afield. This in turn, aids the preparation of robust woodland management plans and in undertaking woodland management (involving Countryside Stewardship grants where appropriate) for a wide range of clients.