About Justin


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My story

My name is Justin Powell and I started Trees for Shropshire in early 2020 with the aim of planting trees and creating wildlife habitats in my home county and those surrounding it.

I first trained as a gamekeeper and then after many years in the wild (and often dark and wet) outdoors, I made a move to inside working, setting up my first workshop making interior decor items from wood. Specialising in woodturning, I also worked for Creamore Mill for many years  – you can see their beautiful and useful products in the shop.

Now, concern for what’s happening to the environment I grew up in – habitat and biodiversity loss on a frightening scale – has drawn me back outside. You can find me planting trees, and hedges across Shropshire… come rain or shine.

I’ve put my years of experience in the world of wood products for interiors to good use, curating a collection of work from my favourite makers for you to enjoy in the shop. I’m hoping that with your support, I’ll be able to plant even more trees.



Why Trees for Shropshire?

Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed when we hear about the kinds of changes we need to make if we are to stop losing the habitats and wildlife that we grew up with.

We decided that the best place to start making a difference was close to home, in Shropshire and the surrounding counties. There are many national initiatives which are doing a good job of protecting birds or wildlife or planting trees, but sometimes they can feel distant and it’s not always easy to see the changes that are being made

The aim of Trees for Shropshire is to achieve trackable, measurable, differences in our home county and the borders

Working together with those of you who care about trees, birds, hedgehogs and all the other species that live in the woods, we plan to create all sorts of habitats, from hedgerows, to thickets, to spinneys to small woods – and with enough of you on board, whole new forests full of wildlife.

We hope you will join us.

And the boy loved the tree…..very much. And the tree was happy.

- Shel Silverstein, American Author