“When I arrived I was astounded by the colourful array of flowers and the air was buzzing with insects – despite its’ simplicity it was the best evidence I’d seen of our project attracting a wide variety of new pollinators in such huge numbers!”
When did you start working for LtL and what does your job involve?
I initially started working for LtL as part of their freelance network in early 2016. In April 2017 I became a member of staff covering various projects mainly across the Midlands and North-West.
My main project is to deliver Fruitfull Communities, working with young people aged 11-24 to design and plan their own outdoor spaces with a focus on planting community orchards. I also run the national Polli:Nation project with schools across Cheshire and run occasional teacher training sessions as part of the Local Schools Nature Grants scheme.
The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?
I have a background working in local government during the days of Local Agenda 21 following on from the Rio Earth Summit. Team work, good communication skills and interdisciplinary projects have all helped me to run various projects at LtL and to understand things from different points of view.
For a few years, I ran my own garden and tourism business in mid-Wales where I learnt to organise, prioritise and to set realistic goals. It was a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun too.
Angie’s LtL Experience
What has been your best day at LtL and why?
My best day during the Polli:Nation project was seeing the results at one of my schools in Cheshire in May 2018. I returned to carry out the OPAL survey where we quantify the number of pollinators visiting the new school garden. This school had kept their project very simple consisting of rectangular raised beds with an annual wildflower seed mix. When I arrived I was astounded by the colourful array of flowers and the air was buzzing with insects – despite its’ simplicity it was the best evidence I’d seen of our project attracting a wide variety of new pollinators in such huge numbers!
My best day during the Fruitfull Communities Project was the Orchard Celebration day with YMCA Barnsley and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Dearne Valley Park. The project partners had truly taken ownership of their new orchard with an eclectic mix of a traditional Wassail and a Samba band, bringing together local community members, politicians, young people and local organisations to illustrate what can be achieved when people come together with a shared vision for their community.
Why a woolly headband?
I love landscapes and recently I have been lucky enough to visit Iceland a couple of times. My Icelandic woolly headband keeps the wind off my ears, but my head cool when I am out hiking near the glaciers. It also reminds me of the local people I met living and working in this unusual and very welcoming country.