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Introducing the Helping Britain Blossom Team

We’d like to introduce you to the Helping Britain Blossom core team…

Claire Morris  – Claire oversees the delivery of the Helping Britain Blossom project and is the Partnerships Director at The Orchard Project based in Manchester. She has a post graduate qualification in Climate Change and Sustainable Development and has worked in the environmental sector since 2008 after spending time in India working on environmental and community projects. Prior to this she worked in the arts and museums sector. She combines her love of the environment and the arts and can often be found out and about with her camera. She is the proud owner of an allotment which hosts a beautiful plum and cherry tree, the fruits of which have been turned into jam and chutney.  

Rebecca Head – Rebecca is the Admin and Communications Officer for Helping Britain Blossom. She has a background in the arts sector, where she worked for several years to improve the impact that major galleries and museums have on the environment. Raised in Kent, the Garden of England, Rebecca has always had a love of food growing and, since relocating to London five years ago, urban agriculture. She is studying a RHS level 2 diploma in horticulture and has an interest in botanical nomenclature, enjoying the discovery of the people and places that plants, trees and fruit are named after.

Rob Tilling – Rob is the Helping Britain Blossom Project Manager for Birmingham. He has been involved in community and environmental-sustainability projects for over 10 years and has trained thousands of youngsters in organic fruit and vegetable production. Rob has also worked in an academic setting as a researcher in the field of air pollution amongst other areas. He is a trained cycling instructor and keen to help all-comers onto the road under their own power. Rob loves to eat all kinds of fruit; particularly apples, raspberries, grapes, avocados, figs and dates.

Pete Norton – Pete is the Helping Britain Blossom Project Manager for Herefordshire. He was raised on an organic smallholding in Gloucestershire and has had an interest in real food and sustainability ever since. He worked with the Bulmer Foundation developing and implementing their sustainable food programme, including establishing the Herefordshire Food Links network and writing a Sustainable Food Strategy for the County. He continues to work with the Bulmer Foundation and has also worked for Sustain, F3 and the Local Food Fund, among others. He is a yoga teacher and is co-director of Wye Valley Yoga.

Merrin Layden – Merrin Layden is the Helping Britain Blossom Project Manager for London. She also works for The Orchard Project where she initially joined as a volunteer. An Australian who moved to the UK, Merrin has worked on community campaigns for national environment charities in Melbourne. She is a qualified horticulturalist with a passion for growing food and making fresh, healthy food available to urban communities.


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