We are a group of Timsbury folk who believe wholeheartedly in the importance of community. Read on to learn a little more about each of us.
Originally from Belfast, it was the move to rural Somerset that sparked my interest in food and farming. I pursued this growing interest through involvement with a number of animal welfare charities, setting up a food sharing project and being part of the Taste of Timsbury team running an annual food and drink festival as well as legacy activities. My love of the outdoors has continued to blossom and although still a ‘learner’, I have become a heartfelt advocate of locally grown food and a food system that is kind to animals.
As part of my work I set up a successful community market garden and orchard. The produce was sold at low cost to local people through a food cooperative and it was also used in our teaching kitchen, where residents learnt how to cook healthy low cost meals.
I hope my professional experience will prove useful in the development of Grow Timsbury, which has similar aspirations to my previous work.
I grew up in Exeter and moved to Timsbury in 1998, having lived in London for many years. I have done a variety of jobs including setting up and running a cheese importing company; working in retail and as a lettings manager; training as a sub editor on the Bath Chronicle and most recently I worked in customer services for an education resource provider.
Since retiring a few years ago, I have become involved in various village projects including volunteering with the Timsbury community library and joining the Community Speedwatch team. I was one of the original team behind the Taste of Timsbury food festivals.
Originally from Manchester, my love of the natural world started from riding my bike around Lancashire and Cheshire when I was younger.
After teaching in secondary schools for a few years, I wanted to use my teaching skills to help connect people to the nature around them and I moved into the field of environmental education. I moved to the South-West for a post with Avon Wildlife Trust and have been here ever since.
I have worked for a variety of third sector sustainability organisations and also run my own environmental education consultancy with a partner. I have always been involved in volunteering in the community including supporting Timsbury Pre-school, St Mary’s school, and Radford Mill Farm before becoming involved in Grow Timsbury.