Jess has co-managed the Coed Hills Forest Garden from initial site design through implementation and planting. Alongside the continued development and management of the Forest Garden Project at Coed Hills, Jess also works as a Horticulture Trainer at St Werburghs City Farm in Bristol.
Over the past four years Jess has taught a range of permaculture and forest gardening courses across the UK and has recently been involved in developing OCN accredited forest gardening courses with The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV.)
Other teaching experience includes running courses and workshops for Denmark Farm, Shift Bristol, The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens plus in-house courses and workdays at Coed Hills Rural Artspace. Upcoming projects include running training courses at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, in conjunction with their “Grow the Future” campaign.
Her area of specific interest is food growing and social change, delivering projects such as “A Little Patch of Ground” in conjunction with Encounters Arts. This 20 week project combined permaculture and organic gardening with deep ecology and performance, taking a diverse, inter-generational group of participants on a transformative creative journey. In collaboration with The Matthew Tree Project she is involved in setting up local food initiatives, including designing a 13 acre site in central Bristol. To further this side of her work, Jess has recently completed a Schumacher Institute post-graduate course, focussing on Systems Thinking as a new paradigm for sustainability and social change.
Jess is available for design work, consultancy or teaching. She can offer talks and workshops for groups, schools, colleges and events, and is happy to tailor course content to individual requirements.
Rich has co-managed Coed Hills Forest Garden for 3 years now, designing the garden from its beginnings to the current day. To continue the creation of new areas of the garden, and to spread the ideas further, he has been providing courses and workshops in practical and theoretical aspects of Permaculture and forest gardening.
He is currently studying for an HND in field and conservation ecology at Aberystwyth University. Through this study, and work with local ecologists and wild life trusts, he has been surveying the site’s wildlife to aid developing habitat creation models in food growing systems. This has been gradually increasing the areas biodiversity, and providing benefits for food production in the forest garden.
He has recently been working closely with Peter Hill from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, designing and creating habitat areas and pond systems mixed with food growing areas, as part of the “Reconnecting South Wales’ Dragons” campaign. This work has taken place in our forest garden and has also seen the development of another 2 acre site near Llandeilo.
Rich feels that working with conservation ecologists to create habitat integrated with human food growing systems, to benefit the wildlife and to reconnect people with what is rapidly being lost, is a vital step in the development of a more sustainable future.
Rich’s area of particular interest is fungi and their integration into growing systems, waste recycling and the benefits for human health. This year will see the opening of a spawn and culture lab, at the Forest Garden, that he has designed aided by Richard Edwards at Humungus Fungus. The lab facility will host courses in fungi cultivation and identification.
Rich has been running his design business Cutzero for 8 years now, providing graphics, 3D visualisations, web design, animation and illustration work for over 150 projects in many different areas, from ethical fashion and the music industry to e-learning software and landscape design.
He is now providing forest gardening courses for the “Grow the Future” campaign through the National Botanical Garden of Wales, and will be continuing to provide courses and workshops from the forest garden site.
Rich is available for design work, consultancy, workshops and teaching.
Jess and Rich have been co-working for over 3 years now and have designed, developed, studied and implemented many aspects of the Coed Hills Forest Garden together.
They are happy to take on design, consultancy or teaching work together. Their unique blend of experience and expertise makes them an excellent design team.