About Us

The Earth Restoration Service was established in 2001, by our chairman Peter Phelps, following his attendance of the Earth Restoration Conference. The conference had been organised by one of our trustees, Alan Watson Featherstone, who had such success bringing back life to the Caledonian Forests of Scotland. Peter was so inspired by Alan’s work that he set about his own restoration ecology service.

Peter saw an opportunity to encourage positive ecological action at a local level whilst inspiring the world’s citizens to play their part in rehabilitating the natural health of their environments.

Peter brought in Andreas Kornevall, whose experience running small scale ecological start ups around the world made him the perfect candidate to run the operation. And so The Earth Restoration Service was born.

Why is Ecological Restoration important? 

It is widely used to reverse the environmental degradation caused by human activities such as deforestation, pollution and land use techniques that cause soil erosion, although different kinds of ecosystems recover at different rates.  ERS works in three major areas: creating new woodlands, river restoration, and the rehabilitation of wildflower meadows.

ERS’ approach is one of proactive collaboration with schools, community groups, other charities, businesses and government agencies to create a global alliance to address the challenge of regenerating the earth. 

Since establishing the charity, the ERS has served over 750 schools across the UK & further afield, planting over 60,000 new trees, and engaging 50,000 children & their local communities. 

We are always looking for new and varied supporters to engage in these programs, whether that means volunteering their time or providing financial support.

Our Team

Peter Phelps – Chairman

Peter co-founded ERS and has been chairman since its inception having been actively involved in forest restoration in the UK and Australia for three decades.  Peter is CFO of Rudolf Wolff and Fellow of the Royal of Society of Arts (RSA).

Andreas Kornevall – Director of Operations

Andreas works with innovative grassroots programmes in the ecological, cultural and social sectors in countries including India, the USA, Ecuador, Iceland and the Gambia. He is a founder of WorkingAbroad.com and is also a member of the British Permaculture Association.


Aaron is the coordinator and point of contact for our School Tree Nursery Programme. He also manages the online presence of our charity and works on fundraising for our environmental programmes.


Alan Watson Featherstone - Trustee

Founder and Executive Director of award winning organisation Trees for Life https://treesforlife.org.uk/

Howard Colvin – Trustee

CEO of Rudolf Wolff, Howard has been involved in ERS since its inception.

Dermot O’Gorman – Trustee

Dermot is CEO of the World Wildlife Fund.  He has two degrees in Environmental Conservation and a masters in Environmental Policy and Assessment from the London School of Economics.

Writers and Contributors


Hashveenah is pursuing her BA in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She is a Board Member with the Friends of the Rouge Watershed near Toronto and is involved with the Society for Ecological Restoration. 

Theresa Stoll - Blog Writer

Theresa’s professional and academic background is in Economics, International Relations, and Political Science with a focus on environmental governance, sustainable resource management, maritime affairs, and climate and energy politics.

Teo Guzu - Blog Writer

Teo is a recent graduate from Queen’s University in Sociology, Development and Environmental Studies. She’s always been passionate about environmental conservation and sustainability and believes that education and awareness is the best way to make a difference!

Lydia Bower - Blog Writer

Lydia graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English and Politics and is specifically interested in people's changing attitude towards the environment in everyday life.

Sydney Preston - Blog Writer

Sydney is passionate about developing a global reciprocity to the Earth and reducing our environmental footprint through everyday activities. Her studies focus on understanding climate change through the study of earth systems and developing local and national policies in which reflect a positive change. 

Lela Pacitti - Blog Writer

Lela is a social and environmental planner currently employed in the affordable housing sector. Her interests lie at the intersection of the economy and the environment, with a specific focus on community hubs, sustainability planning, green economies and community development.