Hi, I’m Tom Walker, owner of Willow & Oak Ltd which I set up in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire in 2016.

I studied arboriculture at Kingston Maurward College, Dorset where I qualified as a tree surgeon. I specialised in not only the cultivation of individual trees, shrubs and woody plants but also how to prune, fell and maintain them to ensure their safety and appearance.

I successfully completed a joinery apprenticeship at Dominic Ash, Yanworth after I left school where I followed my lifelong love of wood. I realised though that I was happier outdoors, whatever the weather, rather than being in a workshop for the majority of the time. However I continue to use the skills I learnt as an apprentice, now using the wood I cut myself.

I was brought up in Nailsworth and love the local countryside. I have always been a hard and enthusiastic worker in the garden since I was a small boy!