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Woodside Arran is run by four directors. It was founded by husband and wife team Andy and Jenny Macdonald with a little help from Flynn and Milo the junior farmers and Ruadh the puppy. John and Simon have more recently expanded the team.


Andy was brought up on a farm and has always been a jack of all trades. Originally working as a landscaper and tree surgeon he also worked as a qualified mental health nurse before the great outdoors called him back again. Since leaving nursing his passion for wood has led him into saw milling and timber framing. His unique background and love of getting people outdoors led him to explore therapeutic horticulture which he hopes to develop here on the farm. Chief networker Andy loves a blether and can mainly be found either building or blethering around the farm.


Jenny is a trained Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist and Pilates teacher who has a passion for all things food! Her love of plants and food inevitably led her to gardening which she has been studying and working in for many years.
With a particular interest in permaculture design and local food networks Jenny is the green fingers of the team.
From her first job in a butchers at eleven through to a recent stint with the Arran Community Land Initiative Jenny has always been keen to research and teach about all aspects of gardening, food and nutrition and is very excited about getting various courses running at the farm.


John was born into an Ayrshire farming family, he studied Ecology at college, has worked in a variety of gardens, then as a landscape manager, then set up his own landscape company. He has carried out various projects for councils and other clients in the south-west and later went on to make eco-coffins. He now calls Kildonan home and brings his skills and experience to the Woodside team.


A freelance graphic designer, Simon grew up on Arran, studied History and Politics and has worked in the travel industry for 10 years. His passion for Inca history not only led him to live in Peru for seven years, but sparked an interest in sustainable agriculture and food systems which - after volunteering on organic farms and gardens in 4 countries across 3 continents - has now brought him back home to this role at Woodside.


Ruadh the Mini American Shepard thinks he has the place in order but at only six months he’s got a lot of training to go!


We would love to get more people involved so if you are interested in getting an Arran food network up an running please get in touch.