We are a small team, increasingly working with and involving more people from the surrounding area – something which we are keen to do, for example, working with local woods people and using local resources.
The proprietors and sponsors, Andrew and Caroline Hunter, have been putting a lot of effort and time into making The Garden House something really special – more details in The Vision.
Our Estate Manager, Andy Holdaway, has a background in sustainability, horticulture and project management, having previously worked as a horticulture supervisor at Rhubarb Farm CIC, worked as Garden Manager at The Meadows Community School, co-run Wheelbarrow Organics – an organic fruit and veg box scheme, worked as a consultant on a new garden project for a special educational needs programme, working for Food Aware, and he has completed a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development Advocacy. Andy has also been involved in various community projects, including setting up Chesterfield Green Drinks, he co-founded Transition Chesterfield, and he led a cycling promotion and training project called Fossil Power to Pedal Power.
Andy’s partner Sue has been a great help to The Garden House project and has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the estate regarding working with wildlife and people – her role as People and Wildlife Manager for Surrey Wildlife Trust also includes training Forest School Leaders.
The proprietors and sponsors, Andrew and Caroline Hunter, have two children. Their son, David, and his wife Sarah, both committed conservationists, operate and manage a 60 acre woodland and campsite in Pembrokeshire http://www.kitewoodcamping.co.uk. Their daughter, Lisa, is a nutritionist, specialising in healthy eating advice and is a catering dietician with a global catering contractor.