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The Last Word: Jeremy Wyatt, treehouse builder

Jeremy Wyatt is a local treehouse builder, running Root and Shoot Treehouses, and makes bespoke lighting and environmentally friendly products. Parent to three boys he doesn’t know anything about sport and needs to find a stand-in to show them the ways.  

How long have you lived in the area?

We moved here from Hackney 3 years ago.

What brought you here?

We had two kids and another on the way and wanted to get out of the concrete jungle but stay in London. When we came here to check it out we loved it and thought it would be a great place for the kids to grow up.

What do you most value about the area/street you live in?

I love that our street puts the effort in! It’s no holes barred come Halloween and we’re all getting together for a street party on the day of the royal wedding. I also love how green the area is, it’s so wonderful that you can be in the middle of a wood in minutes.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

Whatever my latest tool purchase is. I just bought a chainsaw and it’s all I hoped it would be 🙂

Do you know your neighbours?

Yes, it’s been really lovely getting to know people, and wonderful for the kids to have mates they can hop over the garden wall to play with.

The most famous person you’ve seen or met?

When I was a design researcher at the Home Office I shared a lift with Theresa May (Home Sec at the time). I warned her about Boris but she wouldn’t listen 😉

Do you belong to any groups?

I’m a member of South London Makerspace, a community workshop in Herne Hill. It’s a great space if you want to build something or learn a new skill. I’m always dumbfounded by how dedicated and generous the members are with their time.

Describe your perfect weekend

It would involve a lie in (how I miss those) and going out on the bikes for brunch, see some art (with magically no moaning from the rest of the family) and then have friends round for a BBQ.

What is your favourite place to eat?

We love to go to the Begging Bowl in Bellenden Road quite a lot, and Parlez in Brockley is lovely.

Coffee or tea? Where?

Coffee, though when working outside I need the fuel so gratefully accept whatever is offered.

The book I’m reading at the moment…

Euphoria by Lily King, it’s really exciting and has the best opening sentence to a book I’ve ever read.

My secret ambition…

My wife and me secretly want to build and run a respite centre in the woods for kids with mental health problems and their families. I’d do art and making workshops and she’d run the therapy.

www.rootandshoot.co.uk

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