Our Team

The  tight-knit team at Eastwoodhill works across all aspects of the Arboretum - keeping it looking great for visitors year-round.

Find out a little more about us...




The Trust Board represents six nominators as set down in the 1975 Act, each for a three-year term. The Board meets every two months and the chairperson is appointed annually from within the board.


The current board are as follows…

Jane Williams; Chairperson, Poverty Bay Horticulture representative (2014)

Peter Jackman; NZ Farm Forestry representative (2008)

Susan Kemp; Williams family representative (2018)

John Clarke; Ministry of Conservation representative (2007)

Pru Roberts; Friends of Eastwoodhill representative (2008)

Patrick Willock; Gisborne District Council representative (2012)


Photo above clockwise from top left: John Clarke, Patrick Willock, Peter Jackman, Pru Roberts, Jane Williams (Chair), Susan Kemp.


The Eastwoodhill Trust Board AGM is held every year in August. 

The latest Annual Report can be found HERE.


The Board works to a strategic plan written every three years and through which they define the mission and vision of Eastwoodhill.


Mission Statement

…to develop and exhibit a collection of diverse plant species that contributes to the conservation of global diversity and creates a unique environment for the appreciation of life.

Through partnerships with research institutions and a unique geographic location, we serve as an arboreal ark, a safe haven for threatened trees and an inspiring place for research and education.



EWH will be cherished locally and recognised internationally for the beauty and diversity of its collection, education programmes, dedication to conservation, and its ability to build communities of support for the Arboretum, whilst cultivating the bond between people trees and plants.




Marion Nicholas - Manager

Marion joined the Eastwoodhill team in September 2016. She has been a friend and volunteer of Eastwoodhill for a number of years and is enjoying working full time in such beautiful surroundings.

Marion is a local lady with an extensive background in banking and retail management. She is passionate about gardening and has had experience in a retail garden centre.

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Martin Weaver - Curator

Martin Weaver joins Eastwoodhill on May 13, 2019.

Hailing from the UK, Martin connected to trees and woodlands from a young age.  He was a frequent visitor of the the Royal Forest of Dean and the diverse surrounding woodlands throughout the county.  After completing school, Martin enrolled with Hartpury College to begin studying Woodland Management, and Conservation and Wildlife Habitat Management.  Three years later at the University of Wales in Bangor, Martin started a four-year degree course in Forestry.  It was in the third secondment year of his course that piqued his interest in Urban Forestry and the management of large tree stocks in the amenity arboriculture sector.  Primarily tasked with tree safety inspections and contractor management, the opportunity to work with differing species in various environments throughout the County of Buckinghamshire would serve invaluable for Martin and his career. 

Soon after graduation Martin started his career with Torbay Council (Devon) as a Arboricultural Technician and developed a knowledge of mass tree database, tree safety inspections and management techniques.  This was expanded on during his position of Arboricultural Officer for Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council.  A diverse and new role that required the entire publicly owned tree asset to be inspected and digitally captured for the district.  It also required Martin operate as a professional liaison to Devon County Council for tree safety inspections adjacent to major highways, contract creation and legal assistance.  After nearly five years in this position Martin sought a personal and meaningful change to work in education on the importance of tree protection and suitable tree planting provision in the urban realm.  The role of Product Manager for Geosynthetics, a company that provides inspired solutions for civil engineers, became available, requiring someone who could educate on the environmental requirements for trees.  This focus was around the need for tree root protection and provision in the engineered environment.  The education was delivered to civil engineers, landscape architects and all other related disciplines via seminars and presentations.  Martin joined the Tree Design and Action Group ( www.tdag.org.uk ) a not-for-profit organisation and assisted with the publications Trees in the Townscape and Trees in Hard Landscapes.

In 2013 Martin and his wife Lindsay made the move to New Zealand and Martin began working for the Auckland Council as the Arboriculture and Landscape Advisor for the Northern Sector of Parks, covering the geographical area between Devonport and Orewa.  With a strong customer and contract focus the role functioned similarly to that of his roles working for Local Authorities in the UK.  Arborlab (New Zealand's largest independent arboriculture consultancy) approached Martin to join their Management Team to assist with expansion and building his business acumen to foster existing relationships and the development of new business. A similar role followed for Asplundh (tree contractors) in 2016.

In 2017 Martin and his family chose to put some firm roots down in Gisborne. Martin initially took a role as Cemeteries Team Leader at the GDC until he saw the position of Curator at Eastwoodhill become available which he saw to be a dream opportunity based on his passion for trees and work experience.


Dan Taylor - Assistant Curator

Daniel Taylor began working at Eastwoodhill in November 2015.  Dan has come from Wellington where he completed his qualification in Amenity Horticulture.

When Dan isn't chasing the Autumn leaves you will find him out in the Arboretum tending the trees and shrubs.


Adam Greaves - Arboretum Maintenance

Adam Greaves has lived in Gisborne his entire life and joined the team in November 2015.  Bringing with him 12 years experience in his career as a farm general and driver operator before moving into open space management, gaining a Level 3 Turf Management qualification. Adam saw the opportunity to return to working rurally which is his passion.

Working in the Arboretum is the perfect opportunity to combine his interests and skills while expanding his knowledge further.  He has always had an interest in conservation and likes to have variation in a job where he gets to do a range of tasks. 

Adam is very happy to be part of the team working towards the vision for the future of Eastwoodhill.


Marg Sherratt - Education & Membership co-ordinator

Marg comes with a local farming and horticulture background.  She spent 20 years growing and exporting sweat pea seed to England and is now enjoying working at Eastwoodhill Arboretum meeting and working with wonderful people from all walks of life.