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Programme Reflections: Rachel Ford

Rachel is based in Manchester and currently works for the RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford as an Events Assistant.  Rachel is passionate about horticulture, wildlife, teaching, and bringing communities together.

Rachel joined the Green Leadership Programme to learn how she could enhance her knowledge. Here, she tells us about her experience and what she’s done as a result of the programme:


“I’ve have really enjoyed learning about different community projects across the Northwest. It has been great to hear their success stories about how they started with limited resources and how they now employ people to help run their CIC. My favourite session so far has been meeting Saba who is a Social Prescribing Practitioner. I really enjoyed hearing her story and how she helps her local community through nature-based activities.

“I have enjoyed meeting the other participants, who are on their own journey. It has been inspiring to hear about their projects and ambitions. In the future, I hope to follow in their footsteps and open my own community garden with a focus on therapy and teaching.”

“As a result of the programme, I feel more confident about finding employment in the green sector. To guide me through my final exams for my RHS Level 3 qualification, I have applied to volunteer as a Gardener at the National Trust to gain more knowledge about Horticulture.

Looking to the future, I’m excited about taking the knowledge and experience, I have gained into my workplace, volunteer role and into local community projects.”


Green Leadership Programme

The Green Leadership Programme is supported by Natural England and takes place over 5 months between July – November 2023. Participants take part in practical workshop sessions at different Green Community Hubs across the North and are matched with a Groundwork mentor providing ongoing support through the programme. Find out more below

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