Neil Catchpole


Neil comes from a long line of East Anglian countrymen who have worked the fields, woods, game coverts and brick-yards of the Essex / Suffolk  border for many  generations.  

Most of Neil’s working life has been as a tree-work contractor  and many of the woods and hedges of the local countryside are of his planting. He now works as Landscape and Biodiversity Officer for the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project, a responsibility which extends along the valley from it’s source to the sea.

 His days are mostly still spent out in the countryside, perhaps building an Otter holt, ringing a clutch of young Barn- owls, or advising land- owners on conservation matters.

 He has an overwhelming passion for all aspects of country life, past and present, with  an ever-growing collection of old artefacts and curiosities, gleaned from the local area.  With a gentle twist of the arm he can be persuaded to dig up an old folk song or a suitable tale to illustrate a point.