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Meet the Team

Grow for Life horticultural sessions are led by our team of friendly gardeners.

Our team are renowned for being friendly, welcoming, encouraging and approachable.

Our staff have extensive experience of working with vulnerable adults. They are all DBS checked, trained in mental health first aid and are experienced social therapeutic horticulture practitioners.

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Alex

Alex Eldridge is our Director. A local GP who is passionate about the impact of gardening on mental health. She also runs our first Partnership Garden team in Bath.

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Wayne

Wayne is our Projects Manager. A qualified Permaculture designer, and creative director of a local design agency. An ardent tree enthusiast, he is passionate about the restorative benefits of horticulture, regenerative, agreocological human-scale farming.

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Eleanor

Eleanor is trained in social work, horticultural therapy and employment support. She has wide experience across both children and adult social care, including in mental health and disability.

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Nicola

Nicola is our Administrator and also runs our Wednesday Outreach Gardening sessions in and around Bath.

She is a very keen gardener and fully believes in the positive impact that gardening can have on anyone suffering from poor mental health.

Trustees

Grow for Life has a small board of trustees

Martin

Martin Geake, co-founder of Grow for Life, is the Chair of Trustees.

 

He has over 30 years experience of leading organisations and charities in the UK and Africa with a particular focus on sustainable agriculture.

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Ted

Ted Litchfield is co-founder of Grow for Life.

 

He runs his own garden design and maintenance business and has wide experience of working with young people with mental health issues.

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Tristram

Tristram has over 20 years leadership experience in the not for profit sector including in the humanitarian and conversation fields and  as a trustee for numerous charities.

 

He loves working outdoors alongside others.

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Denise

Denise Weikert set up Life Skills Department for vulnerable adults at Genesis Trust, Bath, and continues to manage activities, groups and workshops.

She has a B.Ed degree and PG diploma in Health Promotion and has lectured in Health Studies. She has a passion for gardening and growing food from fork to plate.

Peg

Peg Bavin Butler is an avid gardener - together with her husband Simon, she grows vegetables, fruit and flowers.

 

Working for Send a Cow for the last 18 years has given her a knowledge of sustainable agriculture, gender and social inclusion, charity governance and fundraising.

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Phil

Phil Blacker is a retired businessman who has wide experience of management and finance.

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