Since 2007 Mike and Rona Ellis have lived in a cottage in West Helmsdale from where Mike runs his woodsman’s courses.


Rona, the accepted “brains of the outfit” after many different jobs and much travelling across our rock is now pursuing her love of foraging and cooking all sorts of goodies.


Mike also spent time travelling during his 17 year stint in the Army and, hopelessly unsuited to a 9 to 5 office life, gravitated to becoming a woodsman (or as Rona would say “fiddling around with bits of wood” – he wrote the woodsman’s course so must be doing something right.