Serena is a passionate environmentalist, educator and historian who achieved a Certificate in Permaculture in 2006 and graduated from the Open University in 2008 with a BSc(Hons) Environmental Studies. After many years working as a psychiatric nurse and primary school teacher she decided to follow her heart and start a business working with willow, recycled materials and as a living historian.
Over the last several years Serena has run workshops creating withy structures, both processional figures and living willow, at
a number of venues such as; Durham Lumiere, Whitby Folk Festival, Chopwell
Woods, Path Head Water Mill and shools throughout the North East. She is happy to work independently or with groups to design and create sculptures.
Serena also weaves willow; making sculptures, baskets, garden structures and wreaths amongst other items and teaches basket making.
Serena also has a great interest in the
history of the North East, from ancient Northumberland to the fishing and
mining communities of the 19th and 20th Centuries. She has done a great deal of research into
these periods and works in costume, to
teach both Anglo-Saxon and Victorian history.