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Here are some of the people who work at Bore Place. We also have great support from teams of tutors and volunteers. In total the voluntary and paid working community comprises approximately 90 people.
Office and Events Coordinator
Arts Award Tutor
General Farm Worker
Tutor - Special educational needs and disabilities
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Lead Teacher – School pupil visits
Education Programme Officer
Lead Teacher – Special educational needs and disabilities
Therapeutic Project Worker, Health and Wellbeing Team
Farm - Dairy Herdsman
Organic Market Gardener
Farming Advisor (former Farm Director until Dec 2015)
Health and Wellbeing Manager
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
Alice joined the Farm team in August 2017. She is on a college placement and will be with us for a year.
I joined the team at Bore Place in May 2017 as Farm Manager. I am a third generation farmer from New Zealand with 17 years' experience in dairy and a passion for herd health and pasture management.
My focus on the farm is two-fold: ensuring we are at the forefront of innovation in sustainability, and that the cows are happy, healthy and producing top-quality organic milk.
I started at Bore Place in January 2012 as Receptionist but have since taken on a number of different roles. As Office and Events Coordinator, I organise school visits to Bore Place and coordinate our programme of public courses and events, as well as managing the administrative support for the office.
I joined Bore Place as Director in January 2015 to lead the organisation in working towards its mission to inspire sustainable living, learning and working.
From an early age, environmental issues and an interest in the wider world has defined who I am and the choices I have made about my own life and career.
Aged 16 I was fortunate to gain a scholarship to attend the United World College of the Atlantic, the founding college of the global education movement and the International Baccalaureate. Environmental issues became a passion which lead to an Environmental Sciences degree at the University of East Anglia and a varied career predominantly with an environmental focus. My roles have included Senior Manager in local government, Executive Director of an environmental charity in London, Defra Advisor and University Lecturer and Researcher. These roles have involved working in the areas of sustainability, environment, waste/resource management, as well as supporting vulnerable people. My challenge now is to use my experience and knowledge, to work with colleagues and partners, to deliver and develop the inspiring organisation that is Bore Place.
I started working at Bore Place in 2012 after 25 years of teaching in both the primary and secondary sector. Having a B.Sc. Hons. in Environmental Science has meant that, as a member of the education team, I am able to develop and share my passion for environmental education (especially pond dipping!)
Having taught in mainstream schools for 35 years, embracing creativity, I decided to branched out to freelance work, delivering Arts Award and creative workshops across the South East. I initially volunteered at Bore Place as a gardener last year and the wonderful atmosphere meant, when asked to deliver Arts Award, I jumped at the opportunity. I am a glass artist and when not delivering workshops, I am in my studio developing my passion for colour, pattern and texture through glass.
Dave joined the Farm team in autumn 2017...more info coming soon...
I started at Bore Place in April 1982 when Neil and Jenifer Wates, founders of the Commonwork Trust, owned the site. I was employed by them as an Assistant Farm Fitter and I worked on the research and development of the, then new, methane digester. I carried out plant growth trials and formulated the mixes for the compost range "Supernatural" which was produced at Bore Place as a bi-product from the methane digester.
From 2001 I have been responsible for maintenance of the whole site at Bore Place, including our renewable energy installations.
I am a special needs teacher and have been working in both a support and lead role for the Saturday and Holiday Club here at Bore Place for about a year. You can find more info about the club for young people with additional needs here.
My background is working in the media, in roles ranging from PR, social media management, radio and video production to sponsorship. I joined Bore Place in April 2017 and as a keen champion of eating organically and locally, as well as being committed to sustainable living, I am enjoying the opportunity to help develop the reach and marketing position of an organisation which shares many of my personal values.
Before I joined Bore Place I ran an antique shop in the nearby village of Brasted. I did this with my husband for fifteen years and enjoyed it very much. When my children grew up I decided to take a break from this and around the same time a good friend introduced me to Bore Place. I have worked in the housekeeping team here since 1997. Coming from central London, the beauty of the house, gardens and farm have never failed to impress! Also, the diversity of what happens on site is astounding - from children who visit us from city environments and go away with great memories to the transition to a sustainable, organic dairy farm and gardens which provide work and other opportunities for visitors of all ages. As a member of the housekeeping team, I enjoy meeting many of these visitors on a daily basis.
I first became involved with Bore Place in 2011 through the Education department's link with school gardens, one of which I led at the time. I joined the education team soon after, drawing on years of arts and amateur gardening experience. Beyond Bore Place, I am also a Level 3 Forest School leader, which draws together all my outdoor passions and lends itself well to the work we do here.
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I have a background in teaching Art and Design in secondary schools - 6 years in the UK in schools in Milton Keynes and Reading and then 3 years in Kampala, Uganda. I joined Bore Place in 2007, based in Maidstone at the organisation's global education project called Kent and the Wider World. In 2009 the global, sustainability and environmental strands of our education programme joined and we now work together at Bore Place.
My role at here is largely teaching, both school groups and adult groups. I work with a wide variety of themes from farming and global issues to sustainability, cooking and crafting. Please contact me if you would like to know more about what we can provide for your school within our school visits programme.
I joined Bore Place in 2008. I manage all accounting functions for the whole of the organisation, including payroll, cash flow management and preparation of management and financial accounts. I also have responsibility for day to day maintenance of our IT network.
Prior to joining Bore Place, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant I worked in various industries at all levels, including Finance Director of a major subsidiary of a large construction group.
Outside of work I enjoy all sports and having previously played cricket at a reasonable level (!) I have now moved into being all round dogsbody for an enthusistaic duo involved in equestrian eventing.
I started my working life as a voluntary conservationist for Trees for Kent, and began volunteering at Bore Place in the early 1990s. I subsequently took over running the Green Wood Workshop here and also set up my own business in 1998. As well as running courses at the Green Wood Workshop, I also make and sell baskets, living willow work, continuous fencing and hurdles. I'm also a tree surgeon and am currently responsible for maintaining the woods at Bore Place. I am primarily a traditional craftsman, using the "underwood” or “coppice-wood” not only to make a living and promote the health and viability of our woodlands but to spread knowledge and enthusiasm for a traditional rural skill.
I joined Bore Place in January 2015 as Venue Manager. I started my working life fifteen years ago as an events organiser within various London hotels and restaurants. I worked on a range of events from corporate meetings to product launches and weddings. Since starting my family ten years ago I developed a keen interest in the ethical and sustainable consequences of my working environment and also a passion for organic produce. So ten years ago, I decided to invest in an organic box scheme franchise which has fuelled my interest in how we look at the way we work and our choices as consumers. Joining Bore Place has combined my work experience with my personal values.
Please contact me on 01732 463255 or email if you would like to discuss or make a booking in our conference centre or for a self-catering stay. Or complete an enquiry form and I'll get back to in person.
I look forward to hearing from you!
I joined Bore Place in September 2014. I am passionate about education, especially when educating young people towards becoming global active citizens. I studied Social Policy and Sociology at university alongside working as a detached youth worker in Essex and have been fortunate enough to continue my career working on youth empowerment and active citizenship projects in Eastern Europe, Australia and the UK.
In Eastern Europe I set up a youth volunteering network to assist young people to find pathways out of long term unemployment. I returned to the UK in 2000 and worked for the Institute for Citizenship developing projects and educational resources to assist teachers in delivering the new Citizenship Curriculum in schools and FE institutions. In Australia in 2005 I worked on a youth leadership project with vulnerable 15-19 year olds with the aim of building confidence, life and work skills.
I look forward to developing the existing education programmes and engaging with a wider community of schools, community groups and partners so we can share the work we do and further learn from each other.
I began working at Bore Place in 2016 helping to run the Saturday and Holiday Club sessions for young people with additional needs. I have worked in education for 18 years within primary, secondary and adult education. I find the setting at Bore Place can open up a whole new world of experiences for our students and young people.
I am part of the Housekeeping team, keeping everything clean and tidy, and helping to look after our guests during their visit to Bore Place.
I started at Bore Place in 1995 as a teacher of special needs groups. Since then my role here has expanded and I now tutor various visiting and regular groups of adults and children. My special interest is in land based and environmental studies and Bore Place provides the perfect opportunity to introduce these areas to a wide variety of children.
I have a BEd Hons, specialising in early years, language and speech disorders and special educational needs teaching. I have been teaching for over 30 years in various local primary and special schools, including four years teaching in a National Autistic Society school in Kent.
I started working at Bore Place in October 2016 as part of the Grow to Grow team. I support the young people who attend the project to learn new skills in horticulture, agriculture, farming, catering, independent living skills, building maintenance and woodwork.
After working all around the world in the British Army for 22 years, I qualified as a Social Worker and before joining Grow to Grow, worked for 4 years with young offenders in Kent. Outside of work, I am a volunteer for the Young Lives Foundation as an independent visitor – I meet with a young person in foster care twice a month for fun activities.
At Bore Place I enjoy working with the young people in a relaxed yet challenging environment and I look forward to suporting them in gaining new skills and life experience.
I joined the team here at Bore Place in September 2017 as Facilities Coordinator. My love of facilities management started in January 2006 working for a large American finance company. Since then I have worked for various large banks and law firms - the change from the corporate environment to working at Bore Place has been a very pleasant and peaceful one. The focus of my role here is whole site management incorporating health and safety, project management and maintenance of our beautiful buildings. Always having had a keen interest in sustainable living and the great outdoors, I am excited to be part of Bore Place and its future growth.
I joined Bore Place as an Education Tutor in 2017 and as Garden Therapist with the Grow to Grow project in February 2018. My background is in environmental education, forest schools and running conservation projects for young people, for many years in the UK and also in South Africa. I’ve just finished a diploma in practical horticulture and feel very lucky to have found Bore Place at this time, where I can make full use of new passions and past experience! (Lucy is currently on maternity leave)
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I first joined at Bore Place in 1997 to work, part-time, with the Education Team, to share my experience in outdoor natural history teaching with primary and secondary students. I have always been passionate about wildlife, and have worked for Kent Wildlife Trust in outdoor education, and at other Field Centres. I have also been involved, for over 30 years, as a volunteer helping to manage wildlife habitats, and leading conservation tasks. I am a licensed 'bat advisor', involved in amphibian monitoring, and with husband Peter, involved in a project to monitor and help barn owls.
I started working for Bore Place in September 2015. My role is to help local, young people aged 14-25 years, access the opportunities we offer on the "Reaching Out, Reaching In" (RORI) programme which began in Autumn 2015. My remit is to help the young people develop their skills on a practical level. This might include: working in the gardens; fulfilling fruit and vegetable orders; understanding business processes and developing associated office-based skills.
I have worked with young people with differing needs for many years, including as a youth worker and more recently a key worker for an alternative curriculum project with West Kent YMCA. I have also worked in many homeless projects providing support to people experiencing substance misuse and mental health issues.
Bore Place is a very special and unique organisation that is set in a beautiful and calming environment. Working alongside nature and the elements, this is truly is a little piece of heaven! Since joining, I have learnt lots about gardening and hope to have green fingers very soon! I am also studying for a BSc Psychology degree in my spare time.
I have been working in a lead role for the Saturday and Holiday Club for young people with additional needs. You can find more info about the club here.
I have been working as Garden Coordinator since March 2014.
I trained as a Landscape Architect at Greenwich University. Prior to starting at Bore Place, I was Estate Manager on a 70 acre private estate in Sussex consisting of perennial borders, vegetable potager, ponds, cascades, wildflower meadows and woodlands. I also practised as a freelance garden designer.
The gardens here at Bore Place are designed to benefit both wildlife and people. There are lots of exciting projects underway and planned for the future growth and development of the gardens. Keep an eye on this website, our facebook and twitter pages for updates!
I joined Bore Place in June 2006. I left college with a Higher National Diploma in Agriculture in 1977. Since then I have milked and managed a number of dairy herds mainly in Shropshire.
I have had two breaks from practical farming when I have worked for a milking machine company and also as a breeding advisor for a national cattle breeding company. I am particularly interested in cow breeding, genetic improvement and I enjoy working with our veterinary and agricultural students.
I joined the Bore Place team in November 2017 as the Organic Market Gardener. I have been working in the world of organic vegetables all my life. Starting to cook with veg in a vegan restaurant onto becoming a market trader in organic fruit and veg in the Netherlands for 10 years. By doing courses and placements I acquired the skills to grow and I found work in the south of England as head grower for 2 seasons. In 2005 I rented a farm near Hastings and I have been growing organic vegetables since then. My lease is coming to an end in 2018 and Bore Place offers me the opportunity to mould the Market Garden into a commercial viable business that also offers young adults a place to grow and learn.
I worked for Commonwork Organic Farm from 1978 - 2015, starting just two years after the organisation began in 1976. I became Farm Managing Director in 1985. My formal qualifications include a National Certificate in Dairying and an Advanced National Certificate in Livestock.I have many years’ experience in conventional and organic farming and agricultural management, spanning dairy, beef, sheep and arable. I led the farm’s conversion to organic status in the 1990s, achieving Soil Association Certification in 2000. Over the years I have been involved in other projects on site, including more recently, working on our vision of making Bore Place a low carbon site.I worked closely with colleagues across the organisation, supporting the education, health and garden programmes as well as the farm business. In 2016, I continue to act as Farming Advisor for Commonwork Organic Farm and I also a regularly volunteer in the organic gardens at Bore Place.
I started at Bore Place as an Assistant Gardener in September 2016. I have been involved in landscaping and grounds maintenance for the past 12 years and worked for the social housing sector prior to joining the team at Bore Place.
As well as working here, I am studying arboriculture with the aim of eventually specialising in tree surgery.
I joined Bore Place in 2011 as a volunteer gardener, working in the organic vegetable gardens with the Grow to Grow team. I spent 2 years working there, helping to produce and harvest the organic veg for use in the Bore Place kitchens and to sell to local businesses.In 2013 I went to nearby West Kent College in Tonbridge to do a catering course for a year before returning to Bore Place in my current role as an Apprentice Chef. I now enjoy learning new techniques and skills and also cooking with different ingredients that I wouldn’t normally use.
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I joined Bore Place in September 2017 in the role of Head Chef and Sustainable Food Coordinator. I started my culinary training back in 2011 at Kent College whilst working at a restaurant in Limpsfield, Surrey. After achieving my NVQ level 3 I moved to the Castle Inn in Chiddingstone and then on to the Nuffield Hospital in Tunbridge Wells. My most recent Head Chef position prior to moving to Bore Place was at Fenwick’s Terrace Restaurant in Tunbridge Wells.
The food I like to cook is largely based around what is seasonal, and to be able to cook using the organic produce grown yards away here in our Market Garden is incredible. I like to ensure the meals are healthy, hearty and, most importantly, tasty for all our guests here.
I joined Bore Place in July 2015, as Manager for Health and Wellbeing Progammes. I am working on the Grow to Grow project and the Reaching Out Reaching In (RORI) programme which began in Autumn 2015 and is funded from the Big Lottery. Both projects are working with young people and are centred around our organic market garden.I come from a background of working with young people for many years, in many different roles, from managing a team in Thanet for Connexions, working with Youth Offending Services, to being a Trustee of a charity for young people.Working at Bore Place is an amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to taking the offer that we are making for young people forward, and to bringing new groups and individuals along so we can share this wonderful place with them.
I have been a tutor at Bore Place since 2011 having previously run Eco-Clubs in local schools whom I helped achieve Eco-Schools England Silver and Green Flag statuses. I had visited Bore Place on a number of occasions with my own children and thought what a lovely place it would be to work! I am passionate about reducing waste, recycled arts and global citizenship. I work mainly with school groups across a wide range of educational days, but I also work with adults with additional needs at the Friday Group and the Holiday and Saturday Club for young people with additional needs.
After graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2013, I worked in the heritage industry until starting at Bore Place in August 2016. My role here is as a Receptionist and Admin Assistant, which is great as I love meeting people and welcoming them. If you call us, you’ll probably speak to me – I’m looking forward to saying hello!
I joined Bore Place in January 2016 initially as a volunteer and I am now the Venue Administrator.
My career background stems back to working in the design and advertising industry, from client services at advertising agency J Walter-Thompson to financial and operational management at Raymond Loewy Design. My roles gave me invaluable experience and learning to work collaboratively in a team environment. After working in London for 20 years I took a career break to raise three children. Since then I have chaired the Parents Association at Beechwood Sacred Heart School in Tunbridge Wells. Over the past six years I have organised a number of large events, including the Centenary Ball held in the School grounds.
My role at Bore Place is to support the Venue Manager with planning large events and to provide administrative support along with managing projects to improve use of our resources. I love the whole ethos of Bore Place and particularly the invaluable support it offers young people.
I have a key responsibility for coordinating weddings at Bore Place, so please contact me if you would like to discuss or make a wedding booking at our unique venue. Alternatively you can complete an enquiry form and I'll get back to you in person.
I joined Bore Place in March 2017 and am very excited to have the opportunity to work with the fantastic education team as we continue to develop our ‘head, heart and hands’ approach to learning, providing children and young people with inspiring experiences that live long in the memory.
A lifelong passion for wildlife and the great outdoors led me to study Environmental Management at Durham University, and my working life has been spent with charities where I have gained 15 years of experience in environmental education from roles with the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary in southern India, the Field Studies Council in Suffolk, and most recently the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
I believe that human beings are losing a sense of connection with the natural world that sustains us, at a great cost to both health and wellbeing, and see our role here as helping children and young people find pathways to reconnection that will benefit and enrich their lives.
You can find out more about our education programmes here.
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