The project is led by Beth Morgan, company founder. Beth loves working with people as much as plants and mushrooms, and has a diverse set of skills in engagement and participatory work with communities, and in developing well-being projects in environment, horticulture, health and arts disciplines.
After travelling to India in 2016, Beth suffered a long standing health issue, and still receives treatment from Calderdale and Huddesfield Foundation Trust. Although she no longer suffers from her illness on a a regular basis, her understanding of illness is a driving force behind the project. She loves the grounds and the trees at Calderdale Royal hospital and strongly believes in it’s benefits to health, wellbeing and recovery.
The project is supported by the Rooting and Fruiting team, Martin Austin (Mushroom Production) and Rachel Adams (Operations). All the team are First Aid trained and have extensive training which applies to this project including Health & Safety, Working with Vulnerable Adults, Mentoring, and Engagement and Participation.
For more information on our team, what we do, and how we do it, go to: rootingandfruiting.co.uk
INCREDIBLE HEALTH CENTRES STEERING GROUP
The steering group combines clinical and non-clinical leads from Calderdale Royal hospital who support and help to direct the success of both Trees for Wellbeing and Incredible AquaGarden’s 2 year programme, Incredible Health Centres.
Our current hospital lead: Val Rigg, Service Performance Manager.
SKILLED VOLUNTEER TEAM
Our volunteer team has been developed and trained specifically to support and deliver our Trees for Wellbeing work. Most of it’s members have worked or experienced healthcare settings first hand. They have an amazing and diverse set of relevant skills, which supports the creation and delivery of a dynamic project. We really value their contribution and this project wouldn’t happen without them.
Here’s a brief bio for each member:
Hilary is a freelance social researcher and facilitator. She has documented and evaluated community and third sector projects, coordinated community research projects and contributed to academic research into social policy at the University of Salford.
She has also always held an interest in gardening and growing food and feels at her most relaxed with her hands in the earth. She has worked on community gardening projects in Manchester, Todmorden and Spain.
Marie-Claire Kidd is a journalist with a longstanding interest in environment, food, health and community. She has worked on local newspapers in West Yorkshire, edited both Environmental Health News and Public Health News and been a regular contributor for the Yorkshire Post, Farmers Guardian and Co-operative News. She also managed communications for sustainable transport charity Carplus.
She was local food co-ordinator at the Green Valley Grocer and is developing local food links in Hebden Bridge. A keen grower herself, her current interests include producing food on underused and marginal land and involving children and young people in projects outdoors.
Sarah has worked for charities in the Health and Social Care sector for over ten years, mainly providing support for adults and young people with learning difficulties, but lately also other client groups.
She completed a BA degree in Creative Therapy Studies in 2005 and is interested in the application of the arts as a healing modality.
Her passion for nature and Permaculture has taken her volunteering in the UK, Spain and Greece, helping out on organic small holdings and Eco-projects. She studied Permaculture Design in 2011 and did Transition Town training in 2012.
She is keen to weave together her experience in care, creative therapies and Permaculture to offer holistic health and wellbeing projects and activities that see us as beings ‘in relationship’ with ourselves and our environments.
She is currently in the process of designing her own permaculture garden, brain-storming ideas for workshops and working in a Forest School Nursery and Dementia Unit.
Sarah Fay Taylor
Niki has worked as a social worker for ten years working in the public and third sector with adults. Much of her experience has been working in hospital settings mainly with people older people, mental health patients and end of life.
Niki also holds a permaculture design certificate and has worked on design projects in the UK, Spain and Guatemala. She has studied basic herbal medicine with Neals Yard and attended workshops to enhance her knowledge.
Niki offers a unique style of therapy combining Massage therapy with mindfulness and Yogic breath work. She is also a Reiki therapist, Yoga teacher and Nature based practitioner, with over ten years experience, practicing and training all over the world from the banks of the sacred Ganges to the Mayan Lakes of Guatemala.
Marilyn Browne…coming soon
Polly Williams…coming soon
Lauren Pissochet…coming soon
FOREST GARDEN STEWARDS
We plan to train a team of ambassadors for the three site locations at the hospital. They will help to support the design process, project developments, but ultimately they will be responsible for to nurturing and support the long term conservation and sustainability of the spaces.
If you would like to become a Forest Garden Steward, go to our contacts page and fill in a form.