We have a team of fieldworkers available to provide expertise, advice and greater support to therapeutic and community gardens within Scotland. Below is a brief biography of each of them.

Jenny Foulkes studied Landscape Management at the University of Reading and graduated in 2002. The course covered landscape design, horticulture and aspects of ecology, but it was the module about community gardening that really caught her imagination.  Jenny has worked in horticulture in the UK and Australia and has managed community projects for environmental charity Global Action Plan and at Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh. This experience has led to her current position managing the Edible Gardening Project at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Jenny particularly values the many benefits that individuals involved in community gardening experience. She has practical horticultural skills and experience of project management (and keeping chickens). 

Ally Hurcikova (Edinburgh) currently works with the Lochend Community Growing Project and Bridgend Growing Communities. Outside of this she volunteers in various community growing projects in Pilton & Muirhouse and has experience in fundraising, governance, and project management as well as supporting individuals in therapeutic gardening settings.  She is also studying for a Herbal Medicine BSc and is keen to introduce an element of medicine growing into as many gardens as possible. 

Mary Stewart (St. Vincent’s Therapy Garden, Kingussie) - Mary works part-time as the Project Manager in this small therapy garden which she was instrumental in setting up after gaining her Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. The garden currently offers sessions to local people with Learning Disabilities and dementia patients in the adjacent hospital who are in for periods of assessment. This year it is hoped to start a session for people with stress, anxiety and depression.
 Mary worked at L’Arche Inverness in their garden workshop for several years and is now currently involved in expansion plans for the therapy garden locally and in developing other gardening projects in the Spey valley.  As an Occupational Therapist for many years Mary uses her experience to adapt and grade the horticulture activities for people with various disabilities

Kate Treharne has recently trained as an Occupational Therapist, after several years working as a research scientist. She was the horticultural therapist for Gardening Leave, running their Dundee project offering horticultural therapy for military veterans. She is involved in community groups such as the Ninewells Community Garden, Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Riverside Nature Park in Dundee. She is currently a Play Development Worker with Play on Wheels and is concerned about the impact of lack of contact with nature on child development. Having spent six years cycling around the world, she has settled back in Dundee and keeps chickens at home.

If you are interested in finding out more about this role or
if you would like some advice or support for your project please contact

Trellis on 01738 624348 or email

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