After taking a BA(Hons) in Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths College, I spent several years working as a freelance consultant for galleries and publishers.
In 2008 I decided to turn my love of dirt and colourful veg into a full-time living, re-trained with the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and received my Level 2 qualification in Horticulture in 2011. Alongside this more formal route of study, I have taken a course in permaculture design and educated myself on sustainable methods of agriculture. I have also obtained Health and Safety certification under the Registration of Land-based Operatives (ROLO).
In 2009 I began delivering gardening workshops for Groundwork London, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of Londoners through environmental projects. The interest and support I received from the groups I worked with was overwhelming, and I quickly set up growing people. I took a few months off after the birth of my daughter, but was swiftly back to work, teaching BTEC Horticulture & Landscaping, and the Social Enterprise Gardening class at Paddington Academy in West London, alongside running food growing projects in schools and housing associations around London, and doing the odd bit of garden design and maintenance for residential clients.
2012 has been a fantastic year – through work with CWH (City West Homes) I have been lucky enough to work with over a dozen different housing estates and schools around LB Westminster, and have met a wealth of inspirational people in the process.