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.
Carey has worked for several years with people affected by complex mental health issues and has a certificate in Substance Misuse and Counselling.
Ted is co-founder of Grow for Life. He runs his own garden design and maintenance business and has led Grow for Life gardening sessions for the past six years. He has wide experience of working with young people with mental health issues.
Wayne is a qualified garden designer and creative director of a local design agency. An ardent tree enthusiast, he is passionate about the restorative benefits of horticulture and regenerative human-scale farming.
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.
Grow for Life has a small board of trustees
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.
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.
Alex Eldridge is a local GP who is passionate about the impact of gardening on mental health.
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 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.
Phil Blacker is a retired businessman who has wide experience of management and finance.