My role is a varied one managing all aspects of the running of the organisation. I have a background in health promotion and public health, as well as managing environmental and community garden projects. I am passionate about promoting the therapeutic benefits of being in nature.
I'm here to co-ordinate stewardship of our two acre site - for people, for plants and for biodiversity. I have previously worked growing vegetables on community market gardens. I strongly believe in the power of plants and gardening on all of our health and wellbeing.
I am here to manage new ecotherapy referrals and to support volunteers and buddies in the garden. I live in a community and co-run a house of hospitality for homeless refugees. When my fingers are not in the soil I like to do all things crafty.
As chair I work with other trustees, staff and volunteers to support the running of FFPG. A teacher and anthropologist, I'm also passionate about ethnobotany and exploring the relationship between plants and people. As part of this, I am FFPG's resident wild food and foraging specialist.
I focus on matters such as accounts, budgets, financial forecasts and funding needs. I am currently working as an Ecological Consultant, and in my free time I participate in conservation and research projects.
Through volunteering at FFPG, I witnessed the power of our garden to support people in their mental health recovery. In my professional life I am a health researcher and consultant and a trained counsellor.
I joined the ecotherapy programme in 2015 and found it helped me recover and gain a new perspective on life.
This led me to becoming a buddy volunteer and now a trustee, to help to continually improve and develop FFPG so that others can benefit as much as I did from the garden.
I’ve been involved in the voluntary and community sector in management for many years. I am very interested in the issues faced by refugees and people with mental health needs and got involved because I believe that places like the Peace Garden can be very positive for supporting people.
I grew up in London and understand the value of green space in our city. As a Trustee I use my background in conservation and communications to help FFPG reach communities and make connections with the natural world.
Through my work in the civil service and charity sector I have a lot to offer in terms of supporting and shaping the organisation. I am a firm believer in the wide ranging benefits that being active outdoors in nature with others can have on health and wellbeing.