Meet the Grower
Matthieu Hommel MSc MICFor
Educated in Merseyside with a BSc in Biological Sciences from Birmingham and an MSc in Forest Ecology and Management. Matt’s career in forestry began in Northern Scotland working for a local contracting firm before becoming a sole trader in 2002. He has since has held positions with UPM-Tilhill (Forest Manger, North East Scotland) with Smiths Gore (Head Forester of the Crown Estate Glenlivet), as a Director of TM Forestry Ltd and Chairman of Altyre Sawmill. Matt was appointed Managing Director of Christie-Elite Nurseries, based in Forres, Scotland in 2009.
Matt is a serving Council Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and represents the Forest Nursery sector as Vice-Chair of the ConFor Nursery Producers Group, the Horticultural Trades Association Tree & Hedging Steering Group and the Government’s Scottish Tree Health Advisory Group.
With an annual production of 8 million trees, Christie-Elite is one of the largest specialist forest nurseries and is the only UK forest nursery producing both cell-grown and bare-root stock.