At O2, we think small businesses are remarkable, none more so than Social Enterprises – I couldn’t think of a better example than Hill Holt Wood.  Hill Holt is much more than a business that preserves an ancient wood – a worthy cause in it’s own right – what is truly remarkable is the employment and development that Hill Holt provides to people who might otherwise be excluded. But you can read all about that on Hill Holt’s website.  O2 now has a special link to Hill Holt as a consequence of their brilliant hosting of our annual leadership conference, literally held in the woods at Hill Holt Wood.


Karen and her extensive team made the whole experience effortless and pulled off the best conference and team-building event we’ve ever run.  Huge thanks to all at Hill Holt for making our day so memorable and giving us a real forestry experience.  I couldn’t recommend Hill Holt more highly; a truly dedicated, innovative and passionate team to work with, staged in a beautiful setting – a truly inspiring venue; business; people – utterly amazing.


Simon Devonshire – O2


Thank you very much for the excellent Field Day you organised and that your team of Rangers and Architect delivered to us. To use the OfStED terminology – it was outstanding. If it was possible to improve on 2011 – you guys certainly did it and it was even more relevant to the exam specifications. My fellow members of staff and more importantly the pupils certainly enjoyed their experience and learned a lot from their Field Day. Once again thank you to Alan, Rich, Nigel and Heather who all did a superb job.


Charles Strange – William Farr School


I just wanted to write and thank you and Rich for our day at Hill Holt Wood.  I only discovered the wood this March and it was my fourth visit this year. I loved returning to this wood.  I find this particular wood really inspiring because of the way it seems to make the most of its natural environment without ever feeling as if humans have encroached on the space.  I am always telling as many people as I can about it and the work that you do.


Caroline Battong – Gleed School


Thank you for arranging our visit to HHW.  We had a lovely morning and the lunch was excellent.   Please pass on our thanks to the Chef and the young helpers.   It was fascinating to learn about the wood and many of us have decided to become regular weekend visitors.


Ellen Clee – North Kesteven District Council


I just wanted to say a big thank you to Oliver and his team for making our daughters day extra special. The venue is fantastic and the friendly and approachable nature of ALL the staff was fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The food was excellent and I will certainly be recommending Hill Holt to everyone. Thanks for a superb day.


Elaine Hanley


An enormous thank you for the fantastic day we had at Hill Holt. The feedback is excellent and everyone without fail loved the venue with many promising a return visit!


Sara Blackbourn – NHS


Just back at work today after an amazing 3 weeks of honeymooning round America and honestly we really cannot thank you and your team enough for everything you did for us.  The whole wedding day was completely perfect and we loved every minute.  The work that you and the team put in was brilliant and everybody I speak to now is still singing the praises of the venue, the friendly staff and the delicious food!  I hope that non of it was too stressful for you guys and you managed to chill out afterwards! We’ll definitely be regular visitors of the wood and the café so I’m sure I’ll see you very soon. And in case I haven’t said it enough… THANK YOU xxx


Carolyn Turner


This is just a brief “thank you” e-mail following our visit to Hill Holt wood last night.  Once again you managed to put on fine weather for us! The visit went very well indeed and was thoroughly enjoyed  by all who attended  Your guides Richard and Reuben were excellent – very well informed and very articulate in their explanations as to what is going on at HHW. We also much enjoyed the buffet afterwards and felt it was very well prepared and presented. We look forward to a return visit some time next year.


Ron Glen – CAGE Greater Nottingham



Dear Oliver and the team that made our wedding on 28th September such a wonderful day. Thank you! Thank you for making the wedding preparation a pleasure and being so flexible, helpful and positive throughout. And to everyone who helped on the day.

Oliver you were brilliant, so organised, enthusiastic and professional; so many people have taken the time to tell us how impressed they were with the service. So thank you again.


Kev and Bernice Simpson

Just a really quick email to first of all say a massive thank you for everything you and HHW staff did to make our wedding day so perfect. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, even when the unexpected things cropped up. For three days you all were an immeasurable help as we put everything together, celebrated, and then took it all apart again. I honestly cannot think of the words to say that will thank you enough or give an indication of how pleased we were with everything. I will be sending a thank you card shortly so hopefully you can pass it on to everyone who assisted, but I just wanted to mention it here, too.
We’ve just returned from our honeymoon (Norway was AMAZING! And we even -briefly – saw the Northern Lights!) and with a bump, we’re back to work and daily life.
Thanks once again for everything, Oliver. We – and all our guests – LOVED it. 🙂


Mara and Peter Metcalfe

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