Marc Odin grew up in the little village of West Dean nestled in the heart of the South Downs. His parents moved there when his Father, Ian Odin, was hired as a forest worker for West Dean Estate in 1964. Marc was 9 when he got his first job earning £1 per hour at Chilsdown Vineyard, working alongside his beloved mother Hilda and little brother Neil.
After finishing his A Levels at Chichester High School for Boys in 1988 he offered to help his father with an immediate problem… After the devasting storm of 1987, there were no local forestry contractors that wanted to take on a job so mindless and monotonous as drift-weeding the affected areas. With plenty of mates wanting work prior to heading off to university it was relatively easy to supply and so there it began. Marc started drift-weeding on the vast areas of newly planted woodland on West Dean Estate and built his business from there.