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 responsible for our ecotherapy participants and buddy volunteers and help with the running of the Ecotherapy Programme.
As Head Gardener I keep in mind the needs of our two acre permaculture inspired site. With a background in mental health and disability services I retrained in horticulture and now enjoy encouraging nature to work it's magic improving our health and well-being.
I provide occasional garden support when staff are away.
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 have worked in the charity sector for over 25 years and am currently Head of Finance at another charity.
Through volunteering at FFPG, I witnessed the power of our garden to support people in their mental health recovery. As a trustee, I put my professional experience to use, helping connect us to new resources and opportunity.
I've been a buddy volunteer since 2016 and joined the Board of Trustees to take part in shaping the future of FFPG, using my creative skills, volunteering experience and knowledge of permaculture which I'm studying at present. I am also a personal assistant to Aramis :)
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 and now a Trustee to help to continually improve and develop FFPG so others can benefit as much as I did from the garden.
I am a former street dog and an immigrant from Poland. In the Garden I provide digging services in random places, beg at the table and generally hang around and cheer everyone up.