FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Catherine Middleditch

Cat is described by those who know her best as an energetic, inspirational, creative problem solver.  A love for art, design, music and travelling has lead her to work all over the world including Western and Eastern Europe, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Nepal, Kashmir and all over India.

She gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brighton University in 2000, trained as a web designer, then moved into documentary film making and post production whilst travelling extensively between jobs.  In 2006, Cat discovered Permaculture and enrolled in a 2 day Introduction Course with Naturewise in North London. This course was quickly followed by a 2 week Permaculture Design Course which lead to doing her Permaculture Teacher Training.  In 2007 she took a leap of faith and moved to rural South Devon leaving a stressful multi-media career and London behind her.

She discovered Wayfield (a 5 acre small holding) in 2009 which enabled her to put the theory and her new found passion into practice.  Cat and Doug Lane (her partner at the time) officially opened The High Nature Centre in June 2013 after 4 years of working hard on the land experimenting with various community initiatives.  In winter 2014 Doug and Cat went their separate ways and Cat took on the management and development of the business.

She continues to holistically manage the Centre  focusing on business development, administration, marketing and human resources.  During her time off she loves to grow food, hang out with her family on the beach, travel, climb mountains and dance until the sun comes up!

MAINTENANCE & LAND MANAGER

Tobdan Loyopa

Tobdan is one of those types of people who will put their hands to anything.  Born in a Buddhist village called ‘Hillu Twan’ nestled in the Pangi Valley in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas he has grown up in a culture where being resourceful and multi-skilled is essential to survival.  Known as the ‘High Nature Fixer’ you can often find him in his workshop fixing or building something.  Whether it’s mechanics, carpentry, plumbing or farming, Tobdan is the man to go to!

He joined the High Nature Team in 2016 and alongside Cat has played a key role in helping to develop the Centre.  His experience in farming, trekking and tourism along with managing beach huts and a beach restaurant in Goa for 4 years has proven him to be an invaluable asset to the Centre.

Tobdan is also a dedicated parent and a fantastic cook!   He adores his daughter Tanzen and if you’re lucky, you might spot them practising their acrobatics outside reception.

He can often be mis-interpreted as a serious character being rather difficult to read at times.  However, it doesn’t take long to get to know that just below the surface is a very cheeky light-hearted character ready to make you laugh at the drop of a hat.  In his spare time you will find him watching or playing cricket, preferably playing!

FIELD KITCHEN CHEF

Jordan Dyer

Jordy joined High Nature in April 2020 during the pandemic.  At that time lots of people in the area found themselves un-employed and in search of alternative ways to occupy their time.  High Nature provided Jordy with an opportunity to connect more deeply with his love for food by volunteering in the kitchen gardens.

He specialises in outdoor cooking and seafood but has more recently been switched on to cooking seasonal organic health foods for staff and volunteers here at High Nature. He has also provided Summer cooking workshops working with our partner Lifeworks. who provide support to young people with autism.

Originally from Gloucestershire, Jordy moved to Devon in 2016 and has spent time working for the famous Cricket Inn at Beesands, The Tower Inn at Slapton as well as being ‘guest chef’ at The Mill Brook Inn located in South Pool.

In the Summer of 2020 we took the initiative of test-piloting our field kitchen providing much needed Alfresco Dining events to our campers and the general public.  The pilot was incredibly successful and we hope to officially launch the High Nature catering enterprise this year with Jordy at the helm.  On his days off Jordy can be found cooking or enjoying a pint at the Pigs Nose Inn, often with Cat!