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meet the team below

 


tim bowles - campwell founder

Hi folks, I’m Tim. 

As a kid, I loved to make campfires. I even remember showing my teachers how to make the fire at our summer camp. Our family farm was my playground and I always felt most alive and free when staring into those calming flames, feeling the warm glow on my face and dirt under my fingernails. Sharing these moments with friends and family were golden memories.

As I grew older, the world convinced me that I would be better off indoors, living a faster-paced, more digital and busier life. I unlearnt a lot about myself and the world working in London’s advertising scene and Hong Kong’s wine trade. I was successful, but felt lost and anxious with something lacking. So, I gambled with conforming and moved home with my girlfriend (now wife) in 2013 to rediscover myself again.

I created an off-grid campsite on the family farm called ‘The Farm Camp’, which was rooted in nature connection and simple living. We often found less was more. Fires were central and this was where we found our calling to do more than just stays. In 2016, we started hosting wellbeing retreats called ‘campwell’ where we had a digital detox and cooked, ate and talked openly around the fire. It was magical and I felt alive once again. By blowing on those embers, my inner fire burnt brighter. In 2019, we rebranded the site to ‘campwell farm’ when we took on our second beautiful site ‘campwell woods’. Our guests tell us they experience a great sense of calmness, clarity and connection with us that can feel life-changing. We want to bring that feeling to the world. 

I still love waking up with the smell of campfire smoke in my hair. I feel like I’m on the right path when that happens. One that’s more real, calm and fun – a world I hope my kids get to enjoy. I hope we can meet around the fire one day and remind ourselves how to burn brighter. You might also find me at the river, after co-founding IceBreakers in 2020 – a beautiful thing that makes me and other men feel truly alive.

harriet tate - chief of guests @ campwell farm

Harriet brings a great energy to the team and leads the guests and bookings at the farm site.

She is wearing many hats in the season also helping lead the changeover days, along with helping on the farm and helping run farm activities with Farmcraft. She can most often be found at Hartley Farm getting a top up of various treats.

 

pam waight - chief of events and projects

Pam joined the team at the farm camp in 2018 being another great recruit from Winsley village. She too was keen to be outdoors, and help prepare our spaces for arrivals after a long career in the events industry. Now, she has stepped up as project manager for events and guest experiences. Her 2 sons, Angus and Campbell are energetic young lads who come to help at the camps when things are busy.

zuzu sirotnikova - campwell woods manager

Zuzu lives in a yurt in the woods nearby and helps manage the camp, the bookings and leading our changeover team. She fully embraced life close to nature and is passionate about healing arts. She offers massage treatments and yoga classes on the site, helping guests to relax into their bodies and fully land into this magical place. Her partner, Michal, is a endlessy multi-skilled man who is regularly saving the day, building and fixing things around the site.

tim gatfield - cherry wood founder

Tim Gatfield first became involved with green woodwork in 2000, having worked as a cabinet maker for 12 years. With a longtime interest in conservation, rural and craft skills, and a more sustainable way of life, Tim fulfilled his dream of owning his own woodland when he purchased Cherry Wood in 2005 (now ‘campwell woods’) with the intention of managing the wood and setting up a school to teach green woodworking skills to others, and pass on the pleasure of living and working in the woods. A previous career in the army had given him valuable knowledge of bushcraft and living outdoors, which he could pass on to his students.

Over the following 14 years the “Cherry Wood Project” has run some 350+ courses with nearly 3000 students and many hundreds of school children’s activity days. Many, many volunteers have helped to restore the wood back to a coppice rotation and build the sustainable structures using materials from the wood. The adjective most used by visitors and participants alike is ‘inspirational’ and indeed many have found their time at Cherry Wood to be life-changing.  In 2018 it was rated in the “10 of the Best Creative Retreats in UK and Europe.”

Tim will now split his time between Cherry Wood and Devon. Cherry Wood is now called Campwell Woods and run by Tim Bowles with a similar ethos and it remains largely unchanged.

sophie pitt - chief of social media and marketing

Grew up in Bath, and has recently moved back to Wiltshire after a long stint in London and a shorter one in New York. Listens to ALOT of podcasts, enjoys finding great new food and keeping up with her garden. She is the eyes and mind behind our social media, mailers and supports Tim with our broader marketing decisions